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MONTHLY Lifestyle & Visitor Information

Compostal Service:

Man of Many Hats

7 Things You may not know belong in the compost heap

Kaufer’s love for Greens, blues

Cover property offered by 805*374•


805-830-3774 Visitor Information • Hikes • Events • Activities • Lifestyle Tips & Tactics See More At TheOjai.net

J. M. Johnston Construction Craftsman Designed Solutions General Contractor Lic. #849133

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The Williamson-VanKeulen Group Let us Show you What Living Ojai is all about


1015 W. El Roblar

Modern Downtown Oasis

403 Franklin Dr

Nature-Inspired East End Craftsman

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Anne Williamson Realtor of the Year 2014



Lauren VanKeulen Realtor









Editor’s Note


Featured Event: Ojai Wild! Brings ForestWatch to Thacher School


Calendar of Events


Featured Professional: Lanny Kaufer, man of many hats


30 Seven Things You Can Compost 34

Eat in Ojai — Restaurant Guide


Stay Ojai — Hotels Guide


My Ideal Ojai Day: Cynthia Grier of Los Padres ForestWatch


Sold in Ojai

40 Who’s Who In Ojai 44 Top 10 Trails for Ojai Exploration

Editor & Publisher, Bret Bradigan Realtor/Partner, Ross Falvo Associate Editor, Sarah Howery Hart Contact Us: Laura Rearwin Ward, Sales Manager 805.479.5400 editor@ojaiquarterly.com The contents of the Ojai Monthly may not be used, reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means without the written consent of the publisher. Cover: Photo courtesy of Two Fish Digital




Los Padres ForestWatch, Backcountry’s Line of Defense

ay 20 18

MONTHLY Lifestyle & Visitor Information

Compostal Service:

Man of Many Hats

7 Things You may not know belong in the compost heap

Kaufer’s love for Greens, blues

Cover property offered by 805*374•


805-830-3774 Visitor Information • Hikes • Events • Activities • Lifestyle Tips & Tactics See More At TheOjai.net


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WHAT COMES AROUND Making the Most of Ojai’s Busy Calendar

Bret Bradigan


homas Fire has permanently burned its way into our collective Ojai psyche. The terror, the tragic losses, the sense of being vulnerable in the face of nature’s remorseless energy left us all shaken. It’s going to be a long path to full recovery. There are plenty of positive signs, though. The tourists have re-found us after fearing that they were gone and never coming back. Maybe their appreciation for Ojai is higher than ever, because they realize how this beautiful place could have been lost. The coverage of the Tennis Tournament was very positive, and our events calendar has again filled up. Come June, the eyes of the cultural world will be on us during the Ojai Music Festival. We’re back to being busy, and it feels much better than the idle dread that characterized the post-fire days. We’ve been busy, too. The Ojai Hub website, with 60+ pages and more than 3,200 external links, is connecting Ojai in ways it’s never been connected before. We are especially proud of our calendar, loaded with information on more than 300 events. Check it out at OjaiHub.com/events and you’ll see what we mean. The absence of a master calendar for Ojai has been a glaring lack in our social infrastructure for years. The value that our calendar brings isn’t just to answer that perennial question, “What’s going on in Ojai?” The calendar can also be a place where event planners can look months, even years out to see what other people are planning. We’ve all wondered why events get booked on the same day, where we’d love to go to both, leaving us with tough choices on where to spend our time. Now, as planners get used to checking Ojai Hub, there’ll be a mechanism for better coordinating to avoid “splitting audiences” as they say in the theater world. Maybe it’ll even prompt some innovative collaborations or cross-promotions. There’s limitless opportunities that can follow from a well-connected community. And we’re proud to help create those opportunities. Come check it out. Especially if you’re thinking about organizing an event.

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By far the best land buy in Ojai. Incredible flat 20-acre parcel in heart of Upper Ojai. Located in rear of 11999 Ojai-Santa Paula Road and part of the renowned Hall Ranch. Water available. Great mountain views - all usable - Perfect for planting, horses or private estate. Buyer to verify utilites. $899,500

Hard to find 1-story 2-bedroom, 2-bath Taormina home in great location. One of Ojai’s first historic district. Gas lantern street lights, rural mailboxes and cypress trees give the ambience of French Norman Village. Direct access to Ojai Preserve featuring gorgeous trails and protected wetlands. Adjacent to Krotona Institute which offers lectures, workshops, library, native gardens, valley views and more. Lots of upgrades including limestone counters, expanded master bedroom and bath and single car garage. $649,500

Spacious 3 bedrooms 2 bath home with 1587 sq. ft. located on quiet cul-de-sac in Miramonte. Large bedrooms including a master with attached bathroom, large closet and sliding glass door to back yard. Laundry room off kitchen, two car garage with ample storage, citrus trees, fireplace, rear deck, and front patio with views of the mountains. $664,900


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Great location for commercial business or restaurant. Large parking in back. The building is updated and very clean. Forced air and heating, 3 private offices. A bath room and small wet kitchen. Separate attached unit with 3/4 bath and private entrance and address. $815,000

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Cheryl & Ray Deckert Broker Associates

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936 E. Ojai Avenue, Ojai - $385,000

Crisp spring mornings and warm summer nights never felt nicer sitting under the covered back patio of this 2 bedroom/1.25 bathroom home (one bath is 3/4 – the other is a 1/2 bath), which includes a large additional flex space – great for an extra bedroom, den, office or whatever you desire. This home has been upgraded with custom alder wood kitchen cabinets, newer kitchen lighting, granite counter tops, great looking and durable wood-look tile flooring, and two sets of sliding doors leading to the back yard. Both of the bathrooms have been updated as well. The back yard is low-maintenance and includes fruit trees and a covered patio off both bedrooms and the flexroom. But perhaps the best part: Every time you step out the front door you’ll be greeted by mountain views.

Flat and usable commercial .17 acre lot located between two commercial buildings. This property has 50 feet of Ojai Avenue frontage, plus rear alley access. According to the city it could be used for anything from a parking lot to a commercial building. Retail? Restaurant? Day Spa? Bring your dreams and imagination!

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4 bedroom/2 bathroom, 1,745 sq. ft. home in Meiners Oaks. Features include a large master bedroom suite with an extended balcony, RV parking, fireplace, twocar garage, and more.

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Dale Hanson 805-646-7229

Heather Erickson 805-798-3358

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Carol Blanton 805-798-2246

Cute Ojai Cottage located on North Signal on a large lot. Needs work. Great location plenty room to expand or add a second unit. Elderly person in residence requires Life Estate. $575,000 Dale Hanson: 805-646-7229

OPPORTUNITY AWAITS-Step in and finish this construction project for a two story view home. Owner has done most of the preliminary work for plans that will add an additional two bedrooms and bath over a two car garage. The second floor will offer spectacular views of the mountains surrounding Lake Casitas. Plans and soils report on file. $399,000 Carol Blanton: 805-798-2246

Light, bright and immaculate** This 1989 Manufactured home located in the tranquil Mira Valle 55+ Mobile Home Community. This home offers high ceilings, professionally painted interior walls, newly installed engineered wood floors, custom cordless blinds, newer kitchen and utility sinks, newer stove and water heater. High end guest bathroom remodel. $189,000 Heather Erickson: 805-798-3358

Situated amongst the majestic Oaks in the desired Golden Oaks 55+ Mobile Home Community. Split floor plan with three bedrooms two bathrooms which include large master suite with covered patio. $199,500 Heather Erickson: 805-798-3358

Great location for commercial business or restaurant. Large parking lot in back. Building is updated and very clean. Forced air and heating, 3 private offices. A bathroom and small wet kitchen. Separate attached unit with 3/4 bath and private entrance and address. $815,000 Dale Hanson 805-646-7229

This quality Fleetwood Crown Point home has 1,434 sf of livng space and features an open kitchen that adjoins a sunny dining area. Livng room is large enough for entertaining. Master bedroom suite is huge and walk-in closet is another room. $205,000 Carol Blanton: 805-798-2246

The Walbridge family name is well known and respected in Ventura County and is the namesake of the private lane leading to the 5 bedroom, 3 bathroom home and 5 acre grove. A spacious 2nd floor potential 2nd master suite with loft is a unique feature of this lovely property. Mountain views in every direction add to the outdoor enjoyment of this rare property. $1,650,000. Glenn Kuhr: 805-760-0366

Located in the desired Topa Topa neighborhood. Follow the stone pathway up to the flagstone and covered front porch entry into this stunning 4-bedroom 2-bath home with natural light throughout. $749,000. Heather Erickson: 805-798-3358

Elegant SKYLINE Anniversary edition manufactured home in one of Ojai’s finest parks.There are two bedrooms and an office that could be used as a third bedroom if desired. Master bedroom suite features double sinks in the bath and a walk in closet. $235,000 Carol Blanton: 805-798-2246

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e are referring to saving Ojai's star-studded night skies. To us, it is a key aspect of building more environmentally friendly homes as well as protecting views of starlight and dark skies. The challenge is that people today have a love affair with lighting. Many homeowners think outdoor lights are synonymous with safety and security...and the more light the better. The International Dark Sky Association is leading a movement to stop light pollution and protect the night skies for present and future generations. In fact, millions of children across the globe will never see the Milky Way from their own homes. Every April since 2003, they have "Turned on the Night" during Dark Sky Week. One way that homeowners and building professionals can achieve a goal of a night sky brimming with visible stars is through wise use of outdoor lighting. An added plus beyond eliminating light pollution cast from your home onto your neighbors’ properties is mitigating its negative impact on the ecosystems of our local nocturnal animals. Here are some techniques that can help you “fade to black” around your residence, while still providing the safety and security we all value:  Use fully shielded exterior light fixtures—or angle them downward—so that light only shines down and eliminates neighbor “light trespass”.  Look for dark sky lighting fixtures with the light source in the cap. Honey or opal opaque glass is needed to control light if bulb is not in the cap.  As much as possible, locate fixtures under porches and overhangs.  Use motion sensors and/or timers on exterior light fixtures, so that lights are on only when triggered and for the length of time needed.

 Use only enough light to get the job done—meaning the fewest number of fixtures, minimum height, and low wattage.  Avoid blue white lights wherever possible. Instead, try to select warm/soft white LED lamps or light bulbs. Long wavelength light with a red or yellow tint will minimize impact. For more information, call, click or visit Allen Construction. 805.884.8777 | buildallen.com

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ojai wild On Sunday, June 3, a celebration of the Ojai area’s wildlife and wilderness areas will take place at the Los Padres ForestWatch’s 11th annual Ojai Wild! benefit. The event will be held at The Thacher School, from 4 to 7:30 p.m. ForestWatch promotes and protects wildlife, safeguards rivers, improves public access, preserves sacred its and fights to end the abuse of resources. Their territory covers Los Padres National Forest and surrounding areas. The Los Padres National Forest, which President Franklin D. Roosevelt sonamed in 1936, is expansive, nearly 220 miles in length, and rises over 8,800 feet above the Pacific Ocean. In 1898, the area had been designated as the Pine Mountain and Zaca Lake Forest Reserve by President William McKinley; in 1903 it was renamed the Santa Barbara Forest Reserve and later combined with the Santa Ynez, San Luis, and Monterey Forest Reserves. The forest offers hiking and backpacking, camping, horseback riding, hunting, fishing, kayaking, and mountain biking. It is home to 468 wildlife species, including over 90 at risk of extinction, — the San Joaquin Kit Fox, southern California steelhead, California Spotted Owl, Bald Eagle, and California Jewel

Keeping The Ojai Wild! Flower — among them. More than 1,200 plant species grow in the forest. Protected wilderness areas include the Sespe Wilderness area, home to the Sespe Condor Sanctuary. There are also an estimated 20,000 cultural sites, including remains of ancient villages, burial sites, rock shelters, and ceremonial sites, many culturally significant to Native peoples. It is all of these resources and more that ForestWatch is protecting, and 100 percent of the proceeds from the Ojai WILD! Event help them to do so. Grier says, “We at Los Padres ForestWatch are proud to be hosted by The Thacher School because of their deep regard for the great outdoors and support for protection

of the Los Padres National Forest. Thacher strives to be a leader in sustainable practices and to equip and inspire their students to take action, develop bold solutions, and act as lifelong stewards of the planet.” The event will feature live music by the American Roots band the Brian Titus Trio, and attendees may sample passed hors d’oeuvres. Regional wines and craft beers will be served. This will be followed by a locally-sourced, organic gourmet dinner, during which “Field of Dreams” actor Dwier Brown emcees. Silent and live auctions offer guests the opportunity to bid on items such as outdoor gear, artwork, jewelry, clothing, gift certificates, classes and lessons, wellness services, and

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hotel stays. Travel packages include a weeklong Culinary Workshop in Tuscany for Two; Four-Night Hosted B&B Stay for Two in Edinburgh, Scotland for The Edinburgh Festival; Craig and Mary’s Excellent Adventure: Guided Backpack Trip into the Los Padres Wilderness; Cuyama Valley Vineyard Stay and Wind Wolves Preserve Wildlife & Wildflower Safari and a week at Park City, Utah Townhouse. ForestWatch’s work may be more crucial at this time than ever, following Thomas Fire destruction. “One of the things that happened.” Grier says, “is that all of the sudden there was a plethora of areas that need to be cleaned up. We have volunteer projects and just completed one, and there are four or five others. It’s ongoing. For instance, the Santa Paula Creek has regular cleanup projects going. The land has become more exposed because of the fires.” Tickets for Ojai WILD! are $125 each, or a table for eight may be reserved for $1000. For information on reservations, sponsorship, auction donations, or volunteer opportunities, Grier may be contacted at events@lpfw.org. Los Padres ForestWatch 805.617.4610 info@LPFW.org

DID YOU KNOW? National Forests are not protected the way National Parks are. FIVE THINGS Los Padres ForestWatch has done to benefit the Ojai region.


Stopped a plan to expand oil drilling in the Los Padres National Forest, including along the foothills of the Ojai Valley.


Worked with local residents to form the Stop the Trucks Coalition and prevent hundreds of industrial trucks from using Scenic Highway 33 as a haul route.

Below: The Byron Titus Trio will bring their blend of bluegrass and roots music to Ojai Wild! on Sunday, June 3.


Secured permanent public access to Matilija Falls.


Filed suit to stop a plan to drill more oil wells along the popular Santa Paula Canyon trail.


Secured the closure of one of the largest illegal target shooting areas in the Los Padres National Forest and have been spearheading cleanup of the area ever since.

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS MAY “The Great Art Theft” Date: Continuing to May 3 Time: Tuesday to Sunday, noon to 4p.m. Location: Ojai Art Center, 113 South Montgomery Street Contact: 640-0117 ojaiartcenter.org

“China Adams: Massage Generated Energy Drawings” Date: Continuing May 15 Time: Thursday to Friday, noon to 5 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., or by appointment Location: 310 East Matilija Street Contact: 620-7589 porchgalleryojai.com “Joanne Pavlak: Fields, Gatherings, & Wanderings” Date: Continuing to May 26 Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. , Tuesday through Sunday Location: Ojai City Hall Gallery, 401 South Ventura Street, with additional work on view at Ojai Valley Museum, 130 West Ojai Avenue Contact:640-8751 ojaivalleymuseum.org “OSA: Scorched Souls” Date: Continuing to June 17 Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday Location: Ojai Valley Museum, 130 West Ojai Avenue

Contact: 640-1390 ojaivalleymusuem.org “Bakersfield Mist” Date: May 4 to 27 Time: 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. on Sunday Location: Ojai Art Center, 113 South Montgomery Street Contact: 640-8797 ojaiartcenter.org “All About Ojai: Birdwalk” Date: May 5 Time: 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Location: Besant Meadows Preserve Contact: 649-6852 ovlc.org Herbwalks: “Fire Walk With Us” Date: May 5 Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Location: Ojai Valley Land Conservancy


River Preserve Contact: 646-6281 herbwalks.com “The Art Guild of Fillmore” Date: May 5 to 30 Time: Tuesday to Sunday, noon to 4p.m. Location: Ojai Art Center, 113 South Montgomery Street Contact: 640-0117 ojaiartcenter.org “Agora Foundation Free Community Seminar Series:” The Foundations of Our Republic Date: May 3, 17 Time: 12 to 1 p.m. Location: The Ojai Library Contact: 231-5974 theagorafoundation.org “Lauren Hansen Ceramics” Date: May 5 to June 24

Location: Varies Historical Walking Tours of Ojai Contact: 295-8687 Date: Saturdays Certified Farmer’s Market Certified Farmer’s Market venturafoodtours.com Time: 10:30 a.m. Date: Every Sunday Date: Every Sunday Location: Departs from the Ojai Valley Time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Morning, Guided and Full Moon Museum, 130 West Ojai Avenue Contact: Contact: 698-5555 698-5555 Meditations Contact: 640-1390 Location: Matilija Street city parking lot Location: Matilija Street city parking lot behind the Arcade. Date: Call or check ojaivalleymuseum.org behind the Arcade. Open air market featuring locally grown produce, plants, musicians and handmade items, including soaps,website. baskets, beeswax Time: 7 to 8 p.m. Open air market featuring locally candles and olive oil. Location: Meditation Mount, 10340 “Eating Ojai” Food Tour grown produce, plants, musicians and Reeves Road Date: Call to schedule handmade items, including soaps, basHistorical Walking Tours of Ojai Contact: 646-5508 ext.103 Time: 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. kets, beeswax candles and olive oil. Date: Every Tuesday through Sunday meditationmount.org Time: Please call the Museum office to schedule


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OPPOSITE PAGE: Fire-inspired art works characterize the Ojai Valley Museum’s “Scorched Souls exhibit through June 17. The English Beat will

take the stage at Libbey Bowl on May 11. THIS PAGE: The Agora Foundation hosts a talk about Victor Frankl’s “Man’s Search for Meaning” on May 19.

English Beat Concert Date: May 11 Time: 7 p.m. Location: Libbey Bowl Contact: 888-645-5006 libbeybowl.org Al Stewart Concert Date: May 12 Time: 7 p.m. Location: Libbey Bowl Contact: 888-645-5006 libbeybowl.org

Time: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m, Friday through Sunday Location: 8585 Ojai-Santa Paula Road Contact: 646-3381 beatricewood.com Ojai Youth Chorus & Ojai Community Chorus:”Are We There Yet?” Date: May 5 to 6 Time: Saturday 7 p.m., Sunday 3 p.m. Location: Ojai Methodist Church, 1 20 Church Road Contact: 646-0468 ojaichorus.wordpress.com “Chamber on the Mount:” Zora String Quartet Date: May 6 Time: 3 p.m. Location: Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts, 8585 Ojai-Santa Paula Road Contact: 646-9951 chamberonthemountain.org

Ojai Photo Club: “Black and White” Date: May 15 Time: 7 p.m. Location: Kent Hall, 111 West Santa Ana Street Contact: info@ojaiphotoclub.com ojaiphotoclub.com “Mona Kuhns: Selected Works” Date: May 17 to June 24 Time: Thursday to Friday, noon to 5 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., or by appointment Location: The Porch Gallery, 310 East Matilija St. Contact: 620-7589 porchgalleryojai.com “The Pirates of Penzance Jr.” Date: May 18 to June 10 Time: Friday & Saturday 6 p.m., Saturday & Sunday 2 p.m. Location: OYES, 907 El Centro Street Contact: 646-4300

oyes presents.org “Ojai Playwrights Conference Benefit Gala” Date: May 19 Time: 4 p.m. Location: Aspen Grove Ranch, upper Ojai Contact: 640-0400 ojaiplays.org Agora Seminar: “Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl” Date: May 19 Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Location: Thomas Aquinas College Contact: 231-5974 theagorafoundation.org “27th Annual Art in the Park” Date: May 26-27 Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Location: Libbey Park Contact: 646-0117 ojaiartcenter.org “All About Ojai:” Wills Canyon Guided Nature Hike Up Date: May 26 Time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Location: Ventura River Preserve, 1290 Meyer Road Contact: 649-6852 ext. 2 ovlc.org

Ojai Seeker’s Bike Tour Date: By reservation 48 hrs in advance Time: varies Location: varies Contact: 272-8102 or email ride@themobshop.com or online at porchgalleryojai. com Ojai bike tour features

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agricultural, artistic, culinary, cultural and historical landmarks Meditation in Ojai. Mount hosts Full Moon Meditations. Check their website at meditationmount.org or call 6465508 forFull more updates. Meditation Mount’s Moon Meditations have been on hiatus since the Thomas Fire. Check their website at meditationmount. org or call 646-5508 for updates.


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SUNDAY, JUNE 3 4:00pm - 7:30pm

The Thacher School, Ojai

RSVP by Friday, May 18th Tickets available at ojaiwild.org Individual: $125

Table of 8: $1000

You are invited to share a very special afternoon with Los Padres ForestWatch at The Thacher School’s Upper Field, with spectacular sweeping views highlighting the renewal of the beautiful Ojai Valley and the Los Padres National Forest.

For sponsorship, donations and further information contact: events@lpfw.org or (805) 617-4610 x4


Los Padres ForestWatch is the only nonprofit organization dedicated solely to protecting wildlife habitat, watersheds, and wilderness landscapes throughout the Los Padres National Forest. Founded in 2004, ForestWatch has safeguarded more than 2,000,000 acres of public lands along California’s Central Coast, from the famed Big Sur coastline to the Santa Lucia Mountains and the Carrizo Plain, to the rugged backcountry of Santa Barbara and Ventura counties and beyond. We have also organized more than three dozen habitat restoration projects, improving the health of our region’s largest open spaces and the communities that depend on them.

Local craft brews from Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co.

Live Music

Delicious appetizers and a selection of local hand-crafted wines Organic, locally sourced gourmet dinner by Seasons Catering A delightful selection of desserts and coffee Exciting Live and Silent Auction items

Proceeds from the event will be used to protect and preserve our local forest.


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805.646.8184 783 McNell Rd. Ojai, CA 93023 monicaros.org

Monica Ros School’s famous Summer Camp is gearing up for another year of fun: water play, classic camp games, take-home crafts, and a fresh frozen treat are all part of every day for our campers. Camp days run from 9am-2pm on the beautiful Monica Ros campus. Details at monicaros.org

Preserving the magic of childhood in Ojai’s beautiful East End.


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THOMAS W. MORRIS ARTISTIC DIRECTOR PATRICIA KOPATCHINSKAJA MUSIC DIRECTOR “The Ojai Music Festival has been raising a finely calibrated ruckus each spring since 1947.”–The New Yorker A celebration of music, community, and the Ojai Valley renewed: • Premieres of staged concerts Bye Bye Beethoven and Dies Irae • Performance of Moldavan Folk Music • Free concerts of in Libbey Park Gazebo • Free Late Night in honor of the Ojai Valley community • Ojai debuts of Mahler Chamber Orchestra and JACK Quartet

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KFA honors leader’s public talks this May

Paul Herder

Annual Gathering features ‘Insights into Education’ Above left: Krishnamurti at Oak Grove School

Jiddu Krishnamurti, founder of the Krishnamurti Foundation of America (KFA) in Ojai in 1969, was born in a small town in India. He was adopted by theosophist Dr. Annie Besant, who predicted that the boy would one day become teacher to the world. Her prediction came true, and, as stated on the Krishnamurti website, “His purpose was to set humankind unconditionally free from the destructive limitations of conditioned mind.” Krishnamurti traversed the world, had no permanent home, but often stayed in Ojai. Upon his death in 1986, he requested that his body of work be spread internationally. His books include “The Ending of Time,” “Freedom from the Known,” “Commentaries on Living, Education and the Significance of Life,” “The Awakening of Intelligence,” and “The First and Last Freedom,” and honoring his request, the foundation presents several educational events each year, including one on May 12–13, the Annual Gathering. The Annual Gathering honors Krishnamurti’s public talks in Ojai every May, 22

and since his death, that tradition has continued. KFA spokesperson Francisco Mazza explains, “The intention was to continue this gathering of people interested in his work.” The theme of this year’s Gathering, is “Insights into Education,” based on a collection of Krishnamurti’s thoughts on learning. This includes the concept that, according to the KFA, learning includes probing deeply and awakening intelligence. The focus is on his proposal that there is a different approach to learning, rather than accumulating knowledge and being tested. Mazza explains via a quote from Krishnamurti. “Intelligence is not knowledge. If you could read all the books in the world it would not give you intelligence. Intelligence is something very subtle; it has no anchorage. It comes into being only when you understand the total process of the mind — not the mind according to some philosopher or teacher, but your own mind.” Speakers for the Annual Gathering include Paul Herder who holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and a master’s degree in Inter-cultural Administration OM - May 2018

“The intention was to continue this gathering of people interested in his work.” — Francisco Mazza

& Education, whose work includes addressing collaborative, inquiry-based approaches to learning. He is a former instructor at Ojai’s Oak Grove School. Another speaker, Mary Kelley, was born on a Nile River island to parents who were both educators and students, themselves, of Krishnamurti’s teachings. From that upbringing, Kelley came to appreciate Krishnamurti’s free inquiry and learning philosophies and decided to dedicate her life to teaching elementary-level children. She is currently in her second year of teaching fifth graders at Oak Grove School. The KFA website issues a specific invitation to Annual Gathering attendees: Come to listen to speakers, participate in dialogues, attend workshops, or simply hangout at the Krishnamurti Center Ojai There is no charge for the Annual Gathering, and reservations are not required. Lunch is $15, or $10 if purchased on line. Registration for either event may be made https://kfa.org/the-foundation. (Krishnamurti Foundation of America, 1098 McAndrew Road, Ojai, 805-646-2726)

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Lanny Kaufer A man of many hats By Sarah Howery Hart


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I wear two hats,” Lanny Kaufer, owner of Herb Walks with Lanie Kaufer, says on. “Some days I’m leading herb walks and nature hikes, identifying, discussing. and demonstrating uses of native plants on the trails of Southern California, other days, I’m visiting schools and other organizations with a musical multimedia presentation.” However, it would take more than two hooks to hold all of the hats he’s actually worn,: producer (Bowlful of Blues); General Manager (Wheeler Hot Springs); special education teacher; and educational director. Kaufer first came to Ojai via Santa Barbara, a move that helps explain his chapeau diversity. “I was going to school at University of California at Santa Barbara, had already learned about medicinal plants, and was backpacking, exploring the mountains.” His parents had purchased Wheeler Hot Springs shortly before the 1969 floods. “I moved to Wheeler’s to be caretaker there. It was vulnerable to trespassing and vandalism.” Once that situation ended, Kaufer began another venture, a natural food store collective. Some members lived onsite, others, including Kaufer, lived on a farm. “We sold the vegetables we grew, and also went around picking fruit.” But perhaps most exciting was something he learned on the farm. “I learned to compost from a farmer who took us under his wing.”

Kaufer relocated again, to UC Santa Cruz to study human biology. “I was planning on becoming a naturopathic doctor. But things changed, and I decided to come back to Ojai in 1975 and be a teacher rather than a doctor.” He adds that he’s been in education on some level ever since, including ten years as a special education teacher in Santa Paula. Another piece of the puzzle, he explains, was working in the 1960s Civil Rights Movement, volunteering for Martin Luther King,

Jr. in Virginia as a voter registration worker in his Summer Community Organization and Political Education project. “It was an honor and privilege to work with him and being able to implement his plan for equality with nonviolent means.” Another early interest was the blues. “I’ve been a fan since picking up a harmonica after seeing Muddy Waters’ band at the Troubadour nightclub in Los Angeles in the mid-1960s.” Kaufer says he “just picked it up” and started playing. “Pretty much everything I do, I’m selfOM - May 2018

taught with a little coaching. I’ve always sought out teachers. I’ve always followed mentors.” Mentorship facilitated his herbal education as well, and now he’s added another hat. “From working with great mentors and doctors, I realized I needed to put on an event and bring these people together.” That event, “Ojai Herbal Symposium: Natural Resilience,” a combination of academic classes and hands-on workshops, is scheduled for November 16-18. The keynote address by medical researcher/herbalist Kevin Spelman will focus on botanical medicine. For Kaufer, adding a new activity doesn’t mean abandoning an old one; they all go with him. He remains a member of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee of Ventura County, and has produced a presentation, ‘My Summer Working for Martin Luther King, Jr.’ His next public presentation will be at the Jewish Community of Ojai on May 9. Twenty-five years later, he still produces Bowlful of Blues, September 27 this year, featuring Alligator Records artist Selwyn Birchwood. Kaufer is still in special education, now as a substitute teacher. And, he does organic gardening. “I’m going back to my days on the farm,” he says. Even his original compost pile, which he describes as a “bacterial culture,” remains in his life. “I’m proud to say my compost pile I started in the ‘70s is still going today. When I moved, I took it with me.” 27

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Composting is a pretty straight-forward process that allows you keep kitchen scraps and paper products out of the trash by turning them into nutrient-rich compost for your garden or flowerbeds. Most people know that we can compost used coffee grounds, banana peels and eggshells, but did you know that you can also compost used matches? If that came as a surprise, here are seven more things you didn’t know you could compost but that will decompose just fine in your bin. 1. Ashes: If you have a wood-burning fire pit, fireplace, chimenea or other fire feature, save the ashes to add carbon to your compost bin. Make sure you allow the ashes to cool completely before mixing them into your pile and be sure that you are adding a good amount of nitrogen-rich food scraps or grass clippings to maintain the balance of your bin. 2. Pizza Boxes: Many folks still don’t know that you cannot recycle used pizza boxes. These well-meaning recyclers are tossing their soiled boxes in their recycling bin, which almost guarantees that they are going to end up in a landfill. Keep your pizza boxes out of the dump by adding them to your compost pile instead. Keep in mind that the grease may attract critters, so it is best to add pizza boxes to a closed composting system, such as a bin with a lid. 3. Wine Corks: Natural wine corks are not going to break down as quickly as kitchen scraps, but they will eventually decompose. You can speed up the process by breaking up the cork before adding it to your compost pile.


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‘ENERGY AS ART’ Porch Gallery • 310 E. Matilija Street Through May 15

A talk with artist China Adams

China Adams was first introduced to conceptual art as a student, and “was awed by the possibility that ideas could stand alone as artworks. That seemed to me the ultimate form of creative freedom,” she said. Now she’s combining both her work as a masseuse and a visual artist in an unusual project to be displayed/staged at the Porch Gallery. Opening this Thursday, April 26, at the gallery on 310 East Matilija Street, China Adams will be collaborating with 80, mostly Ojai-based artists, on “Massage-Generated Energy Drawings.” The exhibit runs through May 15th. According to the gallery, each day Adams, a licensed masseuse besides being a visual artist, will perform four hour-long massages on the artists. A bell steward will ring a bell randomly three times during each massage section. At the sound of the bell, the massage recipient will be asked to immediately vocalize the first word that comes to mind. At the end of the day, Adams will compile the 12 words and incorporate them into a drawing that includes all the day’s words. The drawings will then be notarized by Heather Stobo, gallery co-owner and a Notary Public. Adams has orchestrated two other group meditation projects. In 2012, “At Boxo Projects in Joshua Tree, I had the opportunity to work with a large group of people. We explored filling a space with positive energy generated through collective meditation,” she said. “Then again, in 2014, I participated in “Perform Chinatown: Chaos Reigns. Our group, which had participants cycling in and out, meditated with the purpose of creative positive energy to fill the space during a period of five hours, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.” Adams spoke with Ojai Monthly about this project. Here’s the interview: Q. How did you come up with this idea? A. It dates back to 1995, during my “The Official Stitch and Hide Procedure” show. I have always had a discomfort with possessions. It’s challenging as an artist, because you are always making stuff, accumulating stuff. I enjoy making things, and that’s been the contradiction throughout my career, sort of feeling “Why am I making more stuff?” The whole idea of energy as an art form is getting rid of the object. Amit Goswami, a quantum physicist, who had done

studies with meditation to prove the existence of God, not a paternal, personified God, but a universal consciousness that he referred to as “God.” The upshot of his study was this: two meditators concealed in isolated chambers could transfer brain signals from one another without verbal communication. In essence, brains could be correlated and he could show quantifiable evidence. Also, the art world has become so transactional … I’m trying to take that back and model it more off a ‘60s and ’70s paradigm of collaboration. Q. Were you inspired by any other performance pieces? A. It’s about taking it out of realm of product-making. Charlie Ray was teaching at UCLA when I was there. He said, “Rather than look to other people’s art, look at things that interest you.” That’s a really fascinating idea. With this project, there’s some trace of this. It really has helped me resolve that duality, of being a maker, working with my hands, but not someone who wants to create a lot of products. The question is “How I can really approach art-marking beyond object-making that feels really authentic to me. Now, I don’t want to critique object making … I get how relaxing it can be to use your hands. Q. This is a major time commitment – four one hour-long massages each day! How will you keep up your energy? Or is this something that you anticipate will be exhilarating? A. It is a major time commitment, but because I teach, that leaves me with some time off. I’ve been massaging over the past year, and have worked shifts at a high-volume massage center. I’ve been treating it like an endurance project. Often times I go from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. with no breaks. I’ve always been an athlete, particularly long-distance swimming. My experience — doing any kind of performance thing — the really cool stuff creates a container or situation that has its built-in stressors and it’s not totally tidy. That’s kind of building on my perfectionist tendency. When I was younger, I demanded that everything had to be nailed down and perfect. A mentor told me that there are art angels. If you go through an open door with real intent,

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things kinda have a way of happening. If you go at it with earnestness and intention, it weirdly goes together. That’s where the faith comes in. Q. Given the increased stresses in the world, the noise, the scandals, the reality-show unreality, do you expect that to manifest in the words, and then the drawings? Or do you expect, given the intimate space between you and the subjects, the words, the drawings will reflect a more measured, contemplative space? A. For me, the current political situation seems horrendous. I thought at times, as we all have, “What can we do when it all seems so out of hand, so big?” I know the way I am most served, is doing anything positive, in ways that bring out my strengths. One way I can try to do my part … it sounds a little goofy, but it’s amazing how quickly our little actions can bring bigger actions. The whole thing of, if you’re kind to one person, that person is kind to the next person. It passes down the line. This is the language I am most comfortable in speaking. Q. Do you think that Ojai as a community, a geographic space, will manifest itself in some way in this project? A. The long-range plan is to do this in other places … so I expect that the artists will reflect their community. (Gallery owners) Heather (Stobo) and Lisa (Casoni) know a lot of artists … that’ll be their part of helping arrange it … most of them are Ojai-based artists – some fine arts, some writers. The idea of keeping it local, felt like I wanted it to have a spirit of the community. It’s connected to the whole Dada of it. I don’t know any of them particularly well, so there’s a lot of unknowns and an incredible potential for richness, or it could all go screwy.

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Since my fashion sensibility is focused on repurposed clothing for its lower environmental impact, I stop into Lennon’s Closet to pick out a new treasure for my wardrobe. I ride over to The MOB Shop to have them make an adjustment on my bicycle brakes, and Tim tells me about the latest electric cruiser he is sure I would love. I still have a little credit at Bart’s Books, so I go in search of reference materials on the history of French Huguenots, which has me thinking of, (my favorite), French food! So, I stop into Marche’ Gourmet Delicatessen, where I catch up with Gay Martin on her latest travels and gather some fabulous French-influenced treats for a picnic later. Time to head back out of town to Krotona Institute of Theosophy library, another magical place where I can find all sorts of resource books on wisdom traditions, spirituality, mysticism, healing, and nature. I always make my selections then head out to the back where a lovely stepped waterfall creates a serene place to write a draft chapter of the historical fiction I am working on. I stop back at my house to get my car, backpack, hiking gear, and my sweetie Jon, then we head out to Horn Canyon Trail for a hike and picnic along the

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stream. The trail has amazingly recovered quickly from the Thomas Fire and is fresh and green and lush again. On the way back we notice that the Ojai Valley Green Coalition Seed Swap is still going on, so we stop in for some heirloom seeds for this seasons plantings. We get a few minutes to chat with two of my favorite Ojai farmers, David White from Center for Regenerative Agriculture, and Steve Sprinkel from Farmer & the Cook. I realize there is a 2 p.m matinee performance at the Ojai Art Center Theater, so we spontaneously decide to take in a show. After the show we stop by Majestic Oak Winery Tasting Room to sample the latest release, then decide it’s been a long time since we had dinner at Osteria Monte Grappa, where I go for my favorite, the Cuscinetti. It’s almost sunset so we drive up to Meditation Mount to have a moment of gratitude for all of our blessings, especially for this beautiful Ojai Valley that now turns an amaranth glow as the sun descends behind purple mountains. Feeling a bit contemplative we decide to head to Hanuman Gardens for a relaxing Kirtan, where I feel connected to the universe as I stroll in the open air and am drawn to the billions of stars and the Milky Way that paints a brushstroke across the Valley sky. All that sounds like a lovely way to end the day, and we start to head home, but then a spark of an idea begins to catch hold. It’s a day to celebrate! So we go for one last stop to dance the night away, just like old times, to live music at The Vine. Thank you Ojai for a fabulous day!


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Dawn E. Shook - Executive Officer, Ojai Valley Board of REALTORS The weather is just fine, Spring has finally sprung, and visitors have returned to the Ojai Valley! It seems like it’s been a long time, yet it’s still just a few months after the Thomas Fire in Ojai. Most of us who live here are trying to get back to some kind of normal — not even realizing what effect this has had on each one of us. Just the rustling of the wind brings back memories, and the ash is back in the air. I consider myself a strong, optimistic person who can endure most anything ... however, I did not realize the full effects the fire had on me. I did not lose my home or belongings, and my family is safe. Memories of the evacuation of our family, with our 1-day-old granddaughter and 5-year-old grandson are things I will not forget. Everyone has their story to tell, as we all are getting back to our lives here in the Ojai Valley. I will stay positive and grateful to our first responders, of course, and to the outpouring of camaraderie among us all in the Ojai Valley. I do believe this has had a great effect on us, and with that, renewed spirit for our beautiful Valley and our families, friends, visitors, and all who are here with us now. See you about town, with a smile for you! 41

FOUNDING FATHERS & MOTHERS While Edward Drummond Libbey is rightfully regarded among Ojai’s chief benefactors — having been behind the building of such Ojai landmarks as the Ojai Valley Inn, St. Thomas Aquinas Church (now the Museum), Post Office Tower and the Arcade, others have been very influential in shaping Ojai’s identity. Here’s a few: Annie Besant. Free-thinker, feminist and noted Theosophist. Though she only spent a few days in Ojai, she brought Krishnamurti to Ojai, and helped buy hundreds of acres of property in Ojai, (now the sites of Besant Hill School and, along with A.P. Warrington, the Krotona Center) which she called “the smiling vale.” She is considered one of the pioneers of introducing Eastern mystical thought to the West, and was an early advocate of India’s independence. and the labor movement. J Krishnamurti. The spiritual teacher and writer, came to Ojai in 1922, sponsored by the Theosophical Society, though he later broke with that group (“The Leaderless Path.”) He gave talks to many thousands of people each year, in the Star Camps in the oak groves west of Ojai (now the site of Oak Grove School. He once held the Guinness Book of World Records for having spoken to the greatest number of people.

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Sherman Day Thacher. After coming West to farm and care for an ailing brother, the Yale-educated Thacher realized that he was going to need another source of income. So he founded The Thacher School in 1887. Now one of the most prestigious preparatory academies in the country, its founding creed was “teach a boy to ride, shoot and tell the truth.” Also, in 1896, his brother William founded “The Ojai,” the country’s oldest amateur tennis tournament. Among Thacher’s more illustrious students were industrialist, aviator and film producer Howard Hughes and three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and novelist Thornton Wilder, who wrote his first play while a Thacher student.




Beatrice Wood. The famed ceramicist’s (“The Mama of Dada”) greatest work of art may well have been her life. The irreverent, avant-garde Wood lived and worked in Ojai for decades until her death in 1998 at age 105. She inspired two classic movies, Francois Truffaut’s “Jules et Jim,” and James Cameron’s “Titanic.” She attributed her longevity to “chocolate and young men.” Her autobiography was appropriately titled, “I Shock Myself.” Many of her distinctive, whimsical, luminous luster-glazed pieces are on display at her former home, now the Beatrice Wood Center, in upper Ojai.

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The name “Ojai” is believed to be derived from the Ventureño Chumash word ‘awhaý, meaning “moon.” In 1837, Fernando Tico received a land grant and established a cattle ranch. Thomas A. Scott, who had financial success with oil and railroads, bought the Ojai Valley in 1864 for oil exploration. By 1868, Scott, through his agent Thomas Bard, began selling properties to homesteaders. By 1874, R.G. Surdam plotted out the town he would call Nordhoff, renamed Ojai in 1917. Ojai is about 90 miles northwest of Los Angeles and 30 miles east of Santa Barbara. The valley is about 10 miles long by 3 miles wide, surrounded by hills and mountains; the rare east-west orientation with a slight southward tilt gives the valley an extraordinary sun exposure; Ojai’s citrus and avocado crops are highly prized. This orientation also gives rise to Ojai as a spiritual destination. It was due to the resources and organizing energy of Ohio glass manufacturer Edward Drummond Libbey that Nordhoff was rebuilt and renamed Ojai, inspired by the City Beautiful Movement. By 1917, with the construction of the Arcade and Post Office Tower, the town took its present shape. The city’s self-styled nickname is “Shangri-La,” based on the story that Ojai was the backdrop (later left on the editing room floor) from the 1937 movie as the mystical sanctuary of James Hilton’s novel “Lost Horizon.”

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10 PATHS TO DISCOVERY By Bret Bradigan

1. SHELF ROAD Directions: From Ojai Avenue, head north on Signal Street until it ends. Length: 3.5 miles return trip. Difficulty: Easy. An aptly named abandoned road that runs along a shelf above the north side of the Ojai Valley, Shelf Road winds through orange and avocado groves as well as wild chaparral. Every bend in the trail presents you with stunning views of the east end of the Ojai Valley. It takes about an hour at a brisk pace to walk the length of the trail and back between the trailheads at either North Signal Street and Gridley Road. This hike is perfect for visitors or residents to get “ the lay of the land” in Ojai. It is also one of the most “dog-friendly” walks around.

2. VENTURA RIVER BOTTOM TRAILS Directions: From Highway 150, there’s the Old Baldwin Road trailhead just east of the Ventura River bridge. From South Rice Road, there’s a trailhead north of the intersection with Lomita Road. Also from North Rice, take a right on Meyer Road to the Oso Trailhead. Length: Varies. Difficulty: Easy to Moderate. Three trailheads lead you into the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy’s 1,600-acre Ventura River Preserve. This three-mile stretch of the Ventura River offers a spectacular glimpse into old-growth oak canopy, splendid vistas from rocky ridgelines, deep swimming holes, lush fern grottoes, rare wildflowers and miles of trails to choose from. This trail system offers up its wonders especially when on horseback; several trail riding companies offer tours of the preserve property. Also recommended is the loop from the Rice Road trailhead, across the river, up Wills Creek, across the ridge and down Rice Canyon to end up at the Oso Trailhead. Or vice versa. There are only about 1.5 miles of paved road separating the two trailheads, so no complicated car jockeying is necessary.

3. PRATT TRAIL Directions: From Ojai Avenue, turn north on Signal Street and drive about 1.2 miles until you see the Forest Service sign on the left. The trailhead is a further half-mile. Length: 4.4 miles to

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Nordhoff Ridge. Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous. The Pratt Trail criss-crosses a seasonal stream through the backyards of private properties before opening onto a natural bowl formed by the slope of Nordhoff Ridge. Follow the signs through about two miles of dry and dusty switchbacks until you reach the ridgeline. From there, it’s another two steep, dusty miles to Nordhoff Peak, 4,426 feet above sea level.

4. GRIDLEY TRAIL Directions: From Ojai Avenue, turn north onto Gridley Road. Follow it to the gated end, about two miles. Length: Three miles to the Gridley Springs, 6 miles to Nordhoff Peak. Difficulty: Moderate to strenuous. Elevation gain: 1,200 feet to the springs. This trail, at the north end of Gridley Road just to the left before the gates to Hermitage Ranch, begins with a steep climb along a seasonal creek before opening on to a bench with spectacular views of the entire Ojai Valley. It follows an orchard road through avocado trees before making a northeastward turn along the rocky western flank of the mountainside. You can often hear the sounds of tumbling water far below in the yearround stream. The trail winds along the steep flank of the mountain until it enters the cool, dense side-canyon wherein lies Gridley Springs, with a watering trough for horses and plenty of inviting shade. You can return from here, or continue to the network of trails that reaches its zenith at Nordhoff Peak, 4,426 feet above sea level.

5. HORN CANYON Directions: Take McAndrew Road to Thacher School. Park in the gymkhana lot. Length: 2.2 miles to the Pines. Difficulty: Moderate. Elevation Gain: 600 feet. Legend has it that intrepid horseman Howard Bald lugged saddlebags full of water up this trail to nurture a grove of pine trees that he had planted after the big fire of 1948. The trailhead begins at a parking lot, just past a dip. The trail winds past the famous school’s observatory along the west side of a usually year-round stream. After four shady, rock-hopping crossings, the trail begins a sturdy and steep set

of switchbacks, with increasing vistas expanding on every turn. The pine grove at the top, with 50-foot-tall trees, seems incongruous amid the sage scrub, yet its whispery needles offer a cool welcome. You can see the Channel Islands, as well as the broad, rolling Tuscany-like vistas of Upper Ojai set against the stunning Topa Topa bluffs. This trail continues to the network of trails and fuel breaks that run the ridgeline along the flank of the Ojai Valley.

6. COZY DELL TRAIL Directions: From Ojai, head north on Maricopa Highway (Highway 33) for 3.3 miles. The turnout is on the left, just before and across from Friend’s Ranch packing house.. Cross the street to the trailhead. Length: 1.9 miles to Cozy Dell Creek. Difficulty: Moderate. The trail begins along a seasonal creek and quickly climbs about 640 feet in elevation along a wellforested and wild-flowered canyon to a ridgeline knoll with spectacular views of the Ojai Valley. On a clear day you can see both Anacapa and Santa Cruz in the Channel Islands. You can either return or continue to Cozy Dell Creek, another half-mile to a wooded picnic spot straight out of Central Casting. There the trail continues past the creek to link up to the Ojai’s system of trails and firebreak roads. It’s perfect for an early morning excursion to justify a hearty breakfast.

7. MIDDLE FORK OF MATILIJA CANYON Directions: Head north on Highway 33 from Ojai for about 4.7 miles to Matilija Canyon Road. Follow the road to the end — about another two miles. Length: Up to 7 miles (14 miles return). Difficulty: Moderate. Follow the trailhead at the end of Matilija Canyon Road through the gated property to the west side of the creek. The trail, more of a one-track road at this point, heads towards the gates of Blue Heron Ranch, a historic farm with orange and lemon groves, along with an excellent sampling of Ojai’s iconic native rock walls. The trail then clambers through thickening chaparral scrub for another 1.5 miles until you can see tilted slabs of weathered granite and a long, green pool to the right. The trail descends back into the creekside sycamore and willow forest through a series of campsites, swimming holes and geologic marvels. Winding alongside and across Matilija Creek, careful observers can see foot-long native rainbow trout and rare western pond turtles. The shifting and often-concealed trail eventually leads to the Three Falls of the Matilija, where the West Branch of the Matilija enters the canyon at the right through a two-cataract waterfall, and the main North Fork tumbles over a calcite ledge into a deep green pool. (There are four more falls beyond, including the fabled Lost Falls, but travel beyond the falls is recommended only for groups of experienced climbers.)

8. ROSE VALLEY FALLS Directions: Take Highway 33 to the Rose Valley turnout on the right, about 12 miles from Ojai. Follow the road four miles to the turnout for the campground. Length: .5 miles. Difficulty: Easy. The trail begins at the head of the campground. It is an easy stroll along the beautiful shaded stream to reach the first 30-foot cataract. The trail is perfect for families with small children. Rose Valley Road is also the entry place for several popular backcountry trails, including Sespe River Trail, noted for its trout fishing and swimming holes, and Piedra Blanca, with its striking gorges and beautifully weathered white-rock formations.

9. SISAR CANYON Directions: Take Highway 150 about nine miles from Ojai to upper Ojai. Sisar Canyon Road is just past Summit School, the trailhead at the end of the road, about a further mile. Length: 10.5 miles to the Topa Topa Bluffs. Difficulty: Strenuous. Elevation gain: Nearly 4,000 feet to the top of the bluffs. Only recommended for experienced, well-trained hikers. The first two miles of Sisar Canyon follow the unusually beautiful stream through an enchanting forest of sycamores, bay laurel and enormous oak trees. Both trout and excellent opportunities to swim abound. After that, the trail begins its ascent of the eastern flank of the Topa Topa bluffs. You can also follow the signs to access White Ledge and Ladybug camps from the trail. For serious hikers only, the grueling climb to the top of the bluffs offers world-class views that stretch 360 degrees for hundreds of miles. On any reasonably clear day, you can see beyond Sulphur Mountain to Anacapa, Santa Rosa and San Miguel islands, even Catalina Island. The intrepid summiteer is also welcomed by a bench of native sandstone on which to perch far from the madding crowds. Plan on starting early in the morning. This hike can take a minimum of seven hours for even the best hikers.

10. SULPHUR MOUNTAIN ROAD Directions: Follow Highway 150 for 9 miles from downtown Ojai. Turnoff for Sulphur Mountain Road is on the right. Follow the road until it ends, another five miles. Length: 10 miles from gated access to the Girl Scout Camp near Casitas Springs. Difficulty: Easy to moderate. This trail starts at 2,600 feet high at the end of the Sulphur Mountain Road access and follows the winding ridgeline trail (actually, an old road) down to about 400 feet elevation, making this a very gentle, if long, hike of three to four hours. It’s perfect for a sunny spring day, with wide views on both sides of the ridge to Black Mountain’s oak-knolled ranchlands, and the rolling green old ranches that give way to Ventura and Oxnard and the ocean beyond. Look for wildflowers and browsing deer as well as bobcats and the occasional bear.

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