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TABLE OF CONTENTS SEPTEMBER 2018

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Editor’s Note

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Featured Event: Bowlful of Blues Marking 25th Anniversary

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Calendar of Events

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Planting Seeds: Ojai To Host First-Ever Herbal Symposium

30 Eight Outdoor Uses For Baking Soda 32

My Garden: The Uses of Suffering

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Eat in Ojai — Restaurant Guide

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Stay Ojai — Hotels Guide

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38 My Ideal Ojai Day: Severo Lara, Lara Landscaping 39

Sold in Ojai

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Who’s Who In Ojai

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44 Top 10 Trails for Ojai Exploration

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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 Peter D’Aprix

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Catholicism and its gift for suffering

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OJAI MONTHLY

OJAI’S GOLDEN AGE The fierce grip of pessimism flies in the face of the facts

Bret Bradigan

As of the year 2011, more than 95 percent of American households below the poverty line had electricity, running water, flush toilets, a refrigerator, a stove, and a color television. A mere century before, the Rothschilds and Rockefellers could only dream of such luxury. By nearly every regard — rates of violence and sickness are down, education and technology are up — humanity is an upward path. Such is the premise of Stephen Pinker’s latest work, “Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress.” It’s hard to square those facts against the modern infatuation with pessimism and the attack on enlightenment values from both left and right, but Pinker does muster a mighty argument. That values that have given us such incredible opportunity and prosperity need defending seems counter-intuitive, but such is the age in which we live. It does seem as the world is coming off its hinges especially recently, as if our western democracies are undergoing a massive stress test. You get the same sense of creeping dread even in Ojai, where it often feels as though our future is adrift and controlled by the “whatever you got, we’re agin it” crowd. There doesn’t seem to be a shared vision of how we should approach our considerable problems, water and fire chief among them. But clearly, even here, if you step back from the hurly burly, you see the quiet work going on behind the scenes — organizations like the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy preserve our open spaces, the Rotary Clubs (that we have two very active clubs is as sure a sign as any that the state of our social infrastructure is robust) leverage their resources to make the world a better place, and our playing fields were abuzz all summer with the sounds of children at play. Architectural Digest recently posted online an article, “Ojai, California Is the Perfect Destination for Design Lovers” which highlights an influx of creative people who have recently moved here, bringing fresh ideas and energies. It does seem as though many of these recent residents (not all) live in bubble of self regard, oblivious to the timeless rhythms of this place. But there’s hope. It is the values of a sturdy, tight-knit community which drew them here in the first place. That is the idea of Ojai, a place and a space where ideas can be nourished and flourish. In a caring community of creative people, big things can happen. The problems we face are an opportunity to use our creativity and compassion. Stephen Pinker observes in “Enlightenment Now,” that” facts and logic have a cumulative persuasive force.” We encourage you to share your insights. Information, it is said, is the only commodity whose value increases the most widely it is shared.


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GREEN BUILDING FEATURE

KEEPIN’ IT COOL

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s we experience sweltering heat waves more frequently on the Central Coast, many of us are getting knocked out of our “no A/C needed” comfort zones. The downside is that air conditioning draws significant electrical power generated mostly from fossil fuels, thus exacerbating global warming. Even when powered by renewable energy, the production of any AC equipment can use a lot of resources. Since most of us have limited tolerance for hot weather, if you are a sustainably minded homeowner, it is important to consider natural cooling strategies along with air conditioning when seeking ways to cool your home. Many natural cooling techniques boil down to one basic principle: keep air moving. Funneling afternoon breezes through homes when you can is ideal. You can optimize the channeling of these breezes by carefully selecting the location and types of windows and doors. A combination of small low inlets and larger outlets achieves the best and fastest indoor air movement. A ratio of 1:3 is ideal. Another way to keep air moving is to install Casablanca ceiling fans in the main rooms of a house. If a room has a central ceiling light, a combined fan-light fixture can easily replace it. The effectiveness of ventilation can be further enhanced by pre-cooling the air before it enters the home. Trees can both shade windows and cool the afternoon air currents. Deciduous trees are best, because they shed their leaves in winter to allow the sun and its warmth in. Moisture evaporating from a pond, fountain or supplied by a mister also remove heat from air. Trellises, building overhangs and awnings are simple yet effective strategies for keeping a building cool by limiting solar gain. Exterior shade screens prevent direct sunlight from striking a window. Awnings block light and heat whereas shade screens allow some light through. Another consideration is your home’s color. Dark-colored exteriors absorb 70-90 percent of the sun’s radiant energy, some of which is transferred into the exterior walls resulting in heat gain. In contrast, light-colored exteriors reflect most of the heat away. You might also want to consider adding insulation to your existing walls and attic. In most cases, this is less expensive than installing air conditioning equipment and helps to keep the house not only cool but also quiet (or warm when desired). It is important to use a professional installer in order to achieve a complete, high-performance thermal barrier. For more information, call, click or visit Allen Construction. 805.884.8777 | buildallen.com


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This property is in the heart of Ojai, walking distance to downtown. It has a deep lot. It is a fixer, but worth the expense. $445,000 Dale Hanson: 805-646-7229

This home is truly elegant from the high ceilings and custom windows to the expansive kitchen oriented to take advantage of the mountain views. Originally designed as a 3 bedroom, the front bedroom is currently being used as an office but could be converted back. $259,000 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. $159,000 Heather Erickson: 805-798-3358

Three VMU units in the heart of Ojai. Great location, walking distance to town. All units have a one car garage with small front yard. Two front room units need TLC. The back unit has been beautifully remodeled with extra room for office/den and screened-in porch. Floors are hard-wood and new tile. Has fenced in back yard. $1,200,000 Dale Hanson: 805-646-7229

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 living 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. $203,000 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

**2018’ Never before lived in** Champion manufactured home in the Mira Valle 55+ Community. This home offering nearly 1300 sq ft of living space is located on a corner lot with an open ,light and bright floor plan. The kitchen and baths offer quartz counter tops. The kitchen also features stainless steel appliances ,ample cabinetry, a large island with overhead lighting and wine shelf and all open to living room. $229,000 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. $205,000 Carol Blanton: 805-798-2246

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Tucked away just one-half mile from Meiners Oaks Village you’ll find this 3 bedroom/1.75 bathroom Americana home. Inside you’ll find a comfortable living area with an updated kitchen behind it. The kitchen boasts updated cabinets with wood and glass doors, tile flooring, and all the creature comfort appliances you would expect. Don’t miss this one!

Crisp spring mornings and warm summer nights never felt nicer sitting under the covered back patio of this 2 bedroom/1.25 bathroom, 1,114 sq. ft. home, which includes a large additional flex space – great for an extra bedroom, den, office or whatever you desire. Upgrades can be found in the kitchen, baths, and in the wood-look tile flooring. Don’t miss the mountain views!

Deckert/DePaola Team closed and pending sales in 2018

12284 Linda Flora Dr. Sold for $1,820,000

493 Montana Circle Sold for $1,090,000

54 W. Calle El Prado Sold for $571,400

66 W. Calle El Prado Sold for $574,000

11921 Silver Spur St. Sold for $550,000

460 El Conejo Dr. Sold for $650,000

11891 Silver Spur St. Sold for $580,000 Represented buyer

435 Walbridge Way Sold for $715,000

347 N. Poli St. Sold for $665,000

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Blues In The Bowl Reaches Milestone By Sarah Howery Hart

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he Bowlful of Blues’ 25th anniversary festival takes place in Ojai’s Libbey Bowl on Saturday, September 22, from 4 to 9:30 p.m. One of the honorees will be the late co-founder Clarence “Cary” Sterling, then Ojai Art Center Director, who created the 1983 event to a benefit the Center. Cofounder Michael Kaufer, then Art Center Music Branch Chairperson, designed the event as a one-timeonly performance. However, it was so well-received, plans for Year Two were quickly set in motion, with a special second-day jazz performance organized by and featuring Ojai’s late Lynford Stewart. By Year Three, Bowlful of Blues became its own entity, now under Kaufer’s direction with support from Sterling and Kaufer’s brother Wheeler Hot Springs concert promoter Lanny Kaufer. With a hiatus after Sterling’s death, the Kaufers, known as “Ojai’s Blues Brothers,” brought the Bowlful of Blues back to life in 2016, and now it is a permanent fixture on Ojai music scene. After a Chumash invocation by local Chumash leader Julie Tumamait-Stenslie, Master of Ceremonies Gill Sotu — poet, musician, writer, DJ and teaching artist at The Old Globe Theatre — ushers in the program at 4:15 with the Kwan Telifaro Project. Telifaro guitarist and blues vocalist

plays blues and jazz nationwide. He was featured guitarist on the Emmy-winning HBO Sonny Liston documentary, “Life and Death of a Champion,” and studio guitarist for Fox Channel’s, “Cedric the Entertainer Show.” He has performed with jazz great Tony Bennett. At 5:15 harmonica master/blues vocalist Rod Piazza takes the stage with special guest Carl Sonny Leyland. Piazza’s sound is a combo including jump blues, West Coast blues and Chicago blues styles. He has been playing with his band The Mighty Flyers since 1980, formed with his pianist wife Honey Piazza. He’s bringing in guitarist Henry Carbohl. “We’re happy to have Rod,” Michael Kaufer says. “He’s really great.” As a child in England, guest star Leyland picked up on his father’s taste in music, Dixieland, 1950s rock-and-roll, and country’s Jimmie Rodgers and Hank Williams. He soon discovered boogie-woogie and turned to playing piano blues. “He’s a phenomenal pianist,” Kaufer says, “We’re happy to have him be playing with Rod.” At 6:30 local Ventura group, Hot Roux, performs their eclectic offerings from straight blues to rockabilly to swampy Cajun rock and roll. Jerry McWorter, drummer/lead singer writes the group’s original tunes, along with Brent Harding vocalist and bass. Other members, on guitar, are Ed

Berghoff and Kyle Jester. The group’s first record, “Strangers Blues,” was released in 2015, followed in 2017 by “Hometown Blues.” At 7:30 p.m., Teresa James and her band, The Rhythm Tramps perform. James has eight CDs, including “Come on Home,” earning third on Roots Radio Charts. Her 2008 “The Bottom Line, “earned a nomination from Blues Foundation for Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year. At 8:45 p.m., the final act begins — the Selwyn Birchwood Band led by Selwyn Birchwood, who was only 13 when he first grabbed a guitar. He is known for his fiery guitar and lap steel playing, and gritty vocals. Birchwood’s 2014 Alligator Records debut, “Don’t Call No Ambulance” sent his career soaring, from small clubs to, now, headlining festivals world-wide. For this album, he was bestowed with the Blues Music Award and Living Blues Critics’ Award for Best Debut Album Of 2014. More recently, he won the Blues Blast Rising Star Award. Blues music is incomplete without “blues food,” which in this case will be prepared on-site by Chef

Above vocalist

Teresa James

Right on guitar

Selwyn Birchwood

Far Right on drums, Jerry McWorter


Rondia Kaufer, including fried chicken, roasted chicken wings, barbecued baby-back ribs, and veggie burgers and sides. Vendors will a blues music booth with blues records and statues. Gates open at 3 p.m. and picnicking is welcome. Libbey Bowl is wheelchair accessible and handicapped parking and seating are available. Outside alcohol and pets other than documented service pets are not allowed. Bowlful of Blues proceeds benefit music education projects and instrument donations for Ventura County youth. Tickets range from General Admission to VIP and are available at BowlfulOfBlues. org and various Ojai Valley, Santa Barbara and Ventura. (For more information, BowlfulOfBlues.org or Bowlful Hotline 805-836-4665)


CALENDAR OF EVENTS SEPTEMBER “Queen Tribute by Queen Nation & Journey Tribute by DSB” Date: September 1 Time: 7 p.m. Location: Libbey Bowl 210 South Signal Street Contact: libbeybowl.org 805-272-3881 “The Salty Suites + Rose Valley Thorns at Underground Exchange” Date: September 1 Time: 7:30 p.m. Location: Ojai Underground Exchange, 1016 West Ojai Avenue Contact: 805-340-7893 “Monday Night Improv Comedy Class at O.Y.E.S.” Date: September 3 Time: 7:30 p.m. Location: Ojai Youth Entertainers Studio (OYES), 907 El Centro Street Contact: 818-648-9540

Date: September 6 Time: 10 a.m. Location: The Center for The Work 309 East Aliso Street Contact: 805-444-5799

“Ojai Ecstatic Dance” Date: September 5 Time: 7:30 p.m. Location: Hamsa Studio, 109 East El Roblar Drive Contact: 805-212-9678

Free Seminar - “Foundations of Our Republic” Date: September 6 Time: 12 p.m. Location: Ojai Library. 111 East Ojai Avenue Contact: theagorafoundation.org 805-231-5974

“Live at Home with Byron Katie”

“Learn English : Aprende Inglés”

REOCCURING EVENTS

Date: September 6 Time: 5:30 p.m. Location: Greater Goods, 145 West El Roblar Contact: Maegenmarie@gmail.com 805-856-8687, info@greatergoodsojai.org “Ottmar Liebert & Luna Negra” Date: September 8 Time: 7 p.m. Location: Libbey Bowl 210 South Signal Street Contact: libbeybowl.org 805-272-3881 manager@libbeybowl.org

Reeves Road Museum, 130 West Ojai Avenue Contact: 646-5508 ext.103 Contact: 640-1390 Certified Farmer’s Market meditationmount.org ojaivalleymuseum.org Date: Every Sunday Time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. “Eating Ojai” Food Tour Contact: 698-5555 “Third Fridays” REOCCURING EVENTS Date: Call to schedule Location: Matilija Street city parking lot Date: Third Friday of the month Certified Farmer’s Market Time: 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. behind the Arcade. Time: 5 to 7:30 p.m. Date: Every Sunday Location: Varies Open air market featuring locally Location: Downtown Businesses Time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Contact: 295-8687 grown produce, plants, musicians and Contact: 640-1390 Contact: 698-5555 venturafoodtours.com handmade items, including soaps, basOjaiVillageExperience.com Location: Matilija Street city parking lot behind the Arcade. kets, beeswax candles and olive oil. Open air market featuring locally grown produce, plants, musicians and handmade items, including soaps, baskets, beeswax Morning, Guided and Full Moon “Ojai Fiction Writing Workshop” candles and olive oil. Meditations Historical Walking Tours of Ojai Date: Every Thursday Date: Aug. 25 Date: Saturdays, October through June Time: 5:30 to 8 p.m. Historical Walking Tours of Ojai Time: 7 to 8 p.m. Time: 10:30 a.m. Location: Ojai Library, 111 East Ojai Date: Every Tuesday through Sunday Location: Meditation Mount, 10340 Location: Departs from the Ojai Valley Avenue Time: Please call the Museum office to schedule 16

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OPPOSITE PAGE: The Tannahill Weavers are coming through Ojai on September 14th for their 50th anniversary tour at the Ojai Valley Woman’s Club.

THIS PAGE: Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Dave Mason will play Libbey Bowl on September 23.

“HAVEN Tour” Date: September 13 Time: 8 p.m. Location: Ojai Underground Exchange 1016 West. Ojai Avenue 805-340-7893 undergroundexchange@ojaiartsexchange. com

“Don Quixote and Man of La Mancha Seminar and Play Performance” Date: September 9 Time: 10 a.m. Location: Azu Restaurant, 457 Ojai Avenue and Ojai Art Center Contact: To register: greatbooksojai.org, 805-640-7987 elizabeth.h@azuojai.com “Can Science Capture Aliveness?” Date: September 10-14 Location: Krishnamurti Foundation of America 1098 McAndrew Road Contact: kfa.org/science-2018, 805-6462726 info@kfa.org

Contact: 640-6865 vencolibrary.org “Shakespeare Salon”

“Tannahill Weavers 50th Anniversary Tour” Date: September 14 Time: 7 p.m. Location: Ojai Valley Women’s Club,441 East Ojai Avenue Contact: 805-646-8126

libbeybowl.org “Bowlful of Blues” Date: September 22 Time: 7:30 p.m. Location: Libbey Bowl, 307 East Ojai Avenue 805-836-4665 Contact: info@bowlfulofblues.org “Great Books Seminar — On the Feminine” Date: September 22 Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m Location: Thomas Aquinas, 10000 Ojai-Santa Paula Road Contact: greatbooksojai.org

“The Temptations” Date: September 14 Time: 7 p.m. Location: Libbey Bowl, 210 South Signal Street Contact: 805-272-3881 manager@libbeybowl.org libbeybowl.org

“Ji, Pianist” Date: September 23 Time: 3 p.m. Location: Beatrice Wood Center, 8585 Ojai-Santa Paula Road Contact: 805-646-9951, chamberonthemountain@gmail.com

“Pink Floyd Tribute by Which One’s Pink” Date: September 15 Time: 7 p.m. Location: Libbey Bowl 210 South Signal Street (805) 272-3881 manager@libbeybowl.org

“Dave Mason & Steve Cropper: Rock & Soul Revue” Date: September 23 Time: 7 p.m. Location: Libbey Bowl 210 South Signal Street Contact: 805-272-3881 manager@libbeybowl.org

Location: varies Contact: 272-8102 or email ride@ themobshop.com or online at porchgalleryojai.com Ojai bike tour features agricultural, artistic, culinary, cultural and historical “Ojai Seeker’s Bike landmarks in Ojai. Tour” Meditation Mount Date: By reservation 48 hosts Full Moon Medhrs in advance itations. Check their Time: varies website at meditationmount.org or call 646Meditation Mount’s Full Moon 5508 for more updates. Meditations have been on hiatus since the Thomas Fire. Check their website at meditationmount.org or call 646-5508 for updates.

Date: First and third Mondays Time: 7 to 9 p.m. Location: Ojai Library,111 East Ojai Avenue Contact: 646-1639

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Saturday, October 20, 10 - 5 pm FREE

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Selwyn Birchwood Band Teresa James & the Rhythm Tramps James Harman with Carl Sonny Leyland

LOCATED IN THE HEART OF DOWNTOWN OJAI Live Music | Great Food | Beer & Wine Garden Arts & Crafts Vendors | Celebrate Ojai! 18

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Where can you go to see world class theater, side-splitting comedy, hear award-winning blues and heartfelt poetry all in one place?...-The Ojai Storytelling Festival, it's not just a festival...it's an Experience!

October 25-28

at Libbey Bowl and the Ojai Art Center

Glenis Redmond and Scott Ainsley, Diane Ferlatte, Clare Murphy, The Chameleons, Kevin Kling, Willy Claflin

for ances mmunity Perform the Co s and School

Tickets are Now On Sale on our website:

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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.

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.

OJAI QUICK FACTS

WEATHER IN OJAI Ave. High (°F) Ave. Low Jan 67 36 Feb 67 38 March 70 41 April 74 43 May 78 48 June 83 51 July 89 56 Aug. 91 55 Sept. 87 53 Oct. 80 47 Nov. 73 40 Dec. 66 35 Average Annual Rainfall:

Precip. 5.04 5.24 3.35 1.22 .47 .12 .04 .005 .2 .98 1.69 2.95 21.3

Record High Year 112° 1955

Population:

7,461

Valley: (est.)

21,300

Record Low Year 16° 1990

Households::

3,176

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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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Ojai hosting first-ever herbal event Nov. 16-18

Amanda McQuaid Crawford

The first ever Ojai Herbal Symposium will take place from Friday evening, November 16, through Sunday evening, November 18, on the theme of “Natural Resilience.” The Symposium will present respected experts, authors, and speakers from across the spectrum of modern herbalism, pharmacy, integrative medicine, Oriental medicine, Ayurvedic medicine, and Chumash healing. Classes will be accessible to the professional and non-professional alike. After an opening blessing by Chumash elder Julie Tumamait-Stenslie, internationally recognized phytochemical researcher Dr. Kevin Spelman will deliver the keynote address Friday evening at Krotona Hall. Dr. Spelman’s research includes brain and ovarian cancer and clinical investigations, immunological studies, and chemical analysis on numerous medicinal plants. He is known for his expertise on the molecular biology of medical Cannabis and cannabidiol (CBD). The Symposium will continue all day Saturday in Krotona Hall with presentations by Dr. Spelman, pharmacologist Dr. James Adams of USC School of Pharmacy, herbalist Sandy Messori of Rivendell Aromatics, licensed acupuncturist and medicinal plant specialist Dr. Fred Siciliano, and integrative pharmacist Pam Tarlow, PharmD, of Santa Monica Homeopathic Pharmacy. A Phytotherapeutic Phunk Dance and Elixir Bar for symposium attendees 21 years of age and older will be held Saturday night from 8:00 to 11:00 p.m. at Greater Goods in Meiners Oaks. Sunday’s schedule will begin with early morning activities including yoga, a medicinal garden tour, and an herb walk with Lanny Kaufer. Sunday morning lectures will follow for the general assembly in Krotona Hall by internationally known herbalist

Dr. Kevin Spelman

and author Amanda McQuade Crawford, integrative oncologist Dr. Mary Hardy, and Mela Gaskins Butcher, founder and director of the Center for Ayurveda. At the lunch break on Sunday, starting at 12 noon, a public Herbal Marketplace will open at Chaparral Auditorium in downtown Ojai and remain open to the public until 6 p.m. Meanwhile the Symposium will continue in the afternoon with small breakout sessions at various downtown locations featuring the speakers mentioned above in addition to clinical herbalist and product developer Jess Starwood of SunRaven Apothecary, Chumash educator Julie Tumamait-Stenslie, Dr. Nathan Kaehler of Ojai Herbs and Acupuncture, herbalist Carol Wade of Ojai School of Herbal Studies, and Tonantzin Cihualcoutl Guerra, founder of the Native Women’s Herbal Medicine Festival. Registration is $255 in advance until November 9 and $285 beginning November 10. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Greater Goods Relief Fund for community support in the aftermath of the December 2017 fires. Student discounts and Continuing Education credits may be available upon request. Volunteers are needed to staff the event in exchange for admission. Vendor applications are being accepted for the Herbal Marketplace. Those interested in volunteering or vending can apply online at OjaiHerbalSymposium.org, by email at Info@ OjaiHerbalSymposium.org, or by phoning event organizer Lanny Kaufer at 805-646-6281. The Ojai Herbal Symposium is presented by the “Herb Walks with Lanny Kaufer” series of educational events, an Ojai mainstay since 1976. For all information visit OjaiHerbalSymposium. org or call 805-646-6281.


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EIGHT WAYS TO USE BAKING SODA TO CLEAN AND DEODORIZE OUTDOOR LIVING SPACES By Aimee Jo Davis-Varela

this occurs, make a paste with baking soda and water, apply it to the sidewalk chalk, give it a gentle scrubbing with a soft scrub brush, and rinse it away with a hose.

Our grandmothers were well versed in the virtues of natural products like baking soda and vinegar for almost any cleaning or deodorizing task. While most of us keep a box of baking soda in our refrigerators and some of us use baking soda in our laundry, we have largely moved away from these natural options in favor of chemical-laden, store-bought cleaners.

6. Clean and Deodorize Recycling Bins and Trash Cans: If your recycling bins or trash cans have seen better days, you can remove grease, dirt and other icky substances with a mildly abrasive paste made from baking soda and water, a scrub brush and a garden hose. Once you have them relatively clean, you can deodorize them by sprinkling baking soda inside, closing the lid and leaving the baking soda to absorb the smells overnight.

This, of course, is a waste of money and exposes our families to unnecessary chemicals, particularly when there are so many inexpensive, safer, natural products that work just as well. Sometimes, natural options require a bit more elbow grease to get the job done, but this small amount of increased effort is well worth the benefits of forgoing commercial products and accomplishing our cleaning tasks without harsh chemicals. To help you channel your grandmother’s cleaning know-how, here are eight ways to use baking soda to clean and deodorize the items in your outdoor living areas. 1. Clean Your Patio Furniture: Some store-bought cleaners can damage the finish on your patio furniture. Save money and have your chairs, tables and other outdoor furnishings sparkling by simply sprinkling baking soda on a damp rag and wiping them down. 2. Deodorize Pet Beds, Patio Rugs and Cushions: Textiles that are difficult to launder can be deodorized by sprinkling baking soda on them and leaving it for a few hours (or overnight for more significant odors). Use your vacuum to remove the baking soda. 3. Soak up Grease and Spills on Porous

Surfaces: You should always have baking soda on hand for accidents that may happen in your patio kitchen or other outdoor living areas. Baking soda can soak up spilled soda on a patio rug, pull grease from stone counter tops, or absorb wine spilled on a paving stone walkway. 4. Shine Your Stainless Steel: Make the stainless steel appliances in your outdoor kitchen sparkle by mixing baking soda and water into a thin paste, applying it to your stainless steel with a damp rag, and then wiping down and buffing the surface with a clean, damp rag. 5. Remove Sidewalk Chalk: Sidewalk chalk encourages creative expression and can keep your kids busy for hours. While it is usually easy to remove with a garden hose and spray nozzle, there are occasions where it can be more stubborn and require a bit more elbow grease to remove. When

7. Scrub Your Grill Grates: Most commercial grill cleaners are loaded with harsh chemicals, so forget the store-bought stuff and make your own grill cleaner with baking soda and water. Mix a thick paste to create a mildly abrasive cleanser to remove grease and grime off your grill grates. If you are good about remembering to regularly clean your grill after use, you may only need to use a damp rag to get the grates clean. If it has been a while since your grill had a good cleaning, you may need to use a scrub brush. 8. Clean Toys: Toys belonging to kids or dogs can become quite dirty after outdoor use, particularly over an extended period of time. Mix about one cup of baking soda in a bucket of water, immerse the toys, and allow them to soak for at least a few hours (or overnight). Depending on how serious the grime is, you may be able to simply rinse the toys with a hose, or you may need to use a damp rag or scrub brush to finish removing any stubborn spots.


Dennis Guernsey 805-798-1998

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Coldwell Banker ProPerty ShoPPe Ojai homes, Ojai ranches, Ojai commercial real estate. Experienced and knowledgeable Realtors serving the Ojai Valley for over 30 years.

This property has it All! Gated Spanish compound on 5-acres in Ojai. Surrounded by magnificent Oaks and includes Det. guest house with garage, pool and spa, pool house, cabana with bar and BBQ, tennis ct. and huge barn or work shop. Main house is approx. 4400 Sq.Ft. 2 master bedrooms, formal dining room, gourmet kitchen, raised beam ceilings, 4-fireplaces, living and family rooms, loft, 5-bedrooms, 7-baths, 3-car garage and centrally located to Ojai, Ventura and Santa Barbara. Great views, private location and room for horses---Solar owned by seller and included in sale $2,349,000 Hard to find 1-story 2-bedroom, 2-bath Taormina home in great location. One of Ojai’s first historic districts. 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. $599,000

Rare find in East side of Ojai---Flat 1-acre lot just minutes from town. Utilities at street---buyer to verify. Buyer advised to check with City or County about possible development. Perfect for mini estate, horses, planting etc. Great mountain views $449,500

Ready to build One of the last buildable lots in Rancho Matilija---Buyer to verify. Completely flat, interior location, mountain views, adjacent to walking and riding trails and includes 1 Casitas water and sewer hook up. $699,500

Don’t Miss This 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 utilities. $849,500

Dennis Guernsey, Cell: 805-798-1998 • Office: 805 646-7288

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my ojai garden By Leslie Lippincott Hidley

The sixties ended for me in 1983 when I met Norman DeSilva’s two young sons. They were six and four. John and Andrew. DeSilva was my lab tutor at college. He was younger than I and I was 34. The sixties ended for me in 1983 when I met Norman DeSilva’s two young sons. They were six and four. John and Andrew. DeSilva was my Lab tutor at college. He was younger than I and I was 34. He had asked me to give him a ride home one day. I did and when we pulled up to the front of his house, there were two little boys waiting there. He said, “Come meet my children.” So I got out of the car and walked around to the lawn where the boys were standing. He said, “Boys, this is Mrs. Hidley. Mrs. Hidley, this is John and this is his brother Andrew.” Each of them looked up at me, straight in the eye, held out a little hand and said, “How do you do, Mrs. Hidley.” And they actually looked at me. And in a moment of grace, I realized that DeSilva had taught them something that made it possible for them to perceive someone else not in their immediate sphere of interest. This was not just their good manners. Something had given them the ability to see another human being. I had children of my own, the poor things, four of them, who I was raising with a combination of the tyranny of their own self-will and mine. I was raising “organic” children. Unfettered by restraint or consideration for others — much like me. I have thought about meeting the DeSilva children for the past 30 years. I hadn’t realized that to raise children without formation of any kind was like

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leaving them “free” to play on the train tracks. There’s no problem unless there’s a train. And on tracks, there is almost always, eventually, a train. Norman DeSilva contracted a brain tumor some time after this event. By then he had four young children. When he was a student at college, he fell in love with a young woman whom he would later marry. Although he was her only serious suitor, she had another admirer — an older student named Jim Finley who had been a nurse medic in Vietnam. He had an unvoiced affection for her. I was anxious for DeSilva’s wife. I didn’t think he’d live and this was tragedy enough, but what was she going to do with these little children all by herself? And no one I knew at the college could quite get hysterical about this. I thought, “What’s wrong with these people? There are several tragedies in the making, here.” One day I got a call from DeSilva. He needed a ride to his oncologist in a nearby town and could I take him. Of course I would. As we were driving along to the appointment, slowly and quietly, he began to “give me his testimony” as we say in Texas. I had heard testimonies. Lots of them. In the south, from the Pentecostals and Southern Baptists, in Ojai from the Krishnamurti people, from Marxists, Libertarians, everybody has a theory. Everybody has a testimony of some kind.

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I didn’t listen to him. I had heard it before. Lots of people talk about Jesus. But what struck me was his immense kindness in taking the time away from his regular life while he was so gravely ill to give me, someone he was not close to, something he loved. DeSilva didn’t make the case that he knew what he was talking about, he simply was what he was talking about. He died during the time of the big Ojai fire — the one that burned for more than two weeks and consumed 120,000 acres. The flames and the roar were endless. I went to the Rosary that was said for him. It was a hot night and the air conditioner was on in the church. I kept hearing the sound of the fire and seeing flames in the glint of the gold on the altar. DeSilva had taken to wearing a beret before he died, to hide the wound in his skull where they had seeded irradiated particles in an attempt to quell the growth of the tumor. He went to Lourdes. He talked to the Pope. He wanted to live and he didn’t live. Finley, the wife’s other suitor from college days, came and nursed DeSilva during his illness until his death. Finley and the widow are now married and have had six children. John and Andrew say, “We have three fathers. Our father, Norman DeSilva, Jim Finley and our Father in Heaven.” Catholics may have a gift for suffering, but not for tragedy.


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AGAVE MARIA Fresh, wholesome Mexican food & drink 106 South Montgomery Street (805) 646-6353 agavemarias.com

JIM & ROB’S FRESH GRILL Mexican-American & regional favorites 214 West Ojai Avenue #100 (805) 640-1301 jimandrobsojai.com

AJ EXPRESS CHINESE EXPRESS Gourmet Chinese food to eat in or to go 11566 North Ventura Avenue (805) 646-1177 ajchinesecuisine.com

JJ’S SPORTS ZONE The go-to place for food & sports 820 North Ventura Avenue (805) 649-4655 jjssportszone.com

AZU Spanish & Mediterranean comfort food 457 East Ojai Avenue (805) 640-7987, azuojai.com

HOME KITCHEN OF OJAI Breakfast and lunch in a warm space 1103 Maricopa Highway (805) 646-5346 HomeKitchenofOjai.com

BOCCALI’S Pizza & Pasta, from our farm to our tables 3277 Ojai-Santa Paula Road (805) 646-6116 boccalis.com

KNEAD BAKING COMPANY An artisanal family bakery 469 East Ojai Avenue (310) 770-3282 kneadbakingcompany.com

BONNIE LU’S COUNTRY CAFE Traditional American breakfast & brunch 328 East Ojai Avenue (805) 646-0207

MANDALA Pan-Asian Cuisine 11400 North Ventura Road (805) 613-3048

CAFE EMPORIUM Locals’ favorite breakfast and lunch 108 South Montgomery Street (805) 646-2723 ojaicafeemporium.com

MARCHE GOURMET An European deli in Ojai 133 East Ojai Avenue (805) 646-1133 marchegourmetojai.com

CASA DEL LAGO Ojai’s original Mexican restaurant 715 E Ojai Avenue (805) 640-1577

THE NEST 401 East Ojai Avenue Coming soon — follow Instagram @thenestojai for updates

THE DEER LODGE An Ojai legend since 1932 2261 Maricopa Highway (805) 646-4256 deerlodgeojai.com

NO SO VITA Ojai’s social cafe 205 North Signal Street (805) 646-1540 nosovita.com

FARMER & THE COOK The best of organic Ojai 339 West El Roblar Drive (805) 640-9608 farmerandcook.com

OAK GRILL @ THE INN Al fresco dining under vine-covered pergola 905 Country Club Road (805) 646-1111 ojairesort.com

FOOD HARMONICS Nutritional Love 254 East Ojai Avenue (Arcade) (805) 798-9253

OJAI COFFEE ROASTING COMPANY Salads, sandwiches & superb service 337 East Ojai Avenue (805) 646-4478

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OJAI HARVEST RESTAURANT & BAR Farm-to-table organic fare 307 East Ojai Avenue (805) 633,9232 OJAI PIZZA COMPANY 331 Ojai Ave. (Downtown Ojai) 545-7878 TheOnlyGoodPizza.com OSTERIA MONTE GRAPPA Local fare, Northern Italian cuisine 242 East Ojai Avenue / (805) 640-6767 omgojai.com PAPA LENNON’S Family owned, original & Italian cuisine 515 West El Roblar Drive (805) 640-7388 papalennons.com

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RAINBOW BRIDGE A community gathering place 211 East Matilija Street (805) 646-6623 rainbowbridgeojai.com THE RANCH HOUSE An Ojai culinary destination for more than 60 years 102 Besant Road (805) 646-2360 theranchhouse.com SAKURA OJAI A locals’ favorite for Japanese food 219 East Matilija Street (805) 646-8777 sakuraojai.wix.com SEA FRESH Serving Ojai for 30 years 533 East Ojai Avenue (805) 646-7747 seafreshseafood.com SOULE PARK GOLF COURSE BAR & GRILL Patio & indoor dining with Ojai’s most tranquil views 1033 East Ojai Avenue (805) 646-5685 soulepark.com


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Honey Tasting Room 206 East Ojai Avenue in the Arcade, downtown Ojai

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Thanks for your support during our expansion! Now serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Sea FreSh SeaFood

Restaurant, Sushi Bar and Fresh Fish Market 533 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai, CA 93023 • 805-646-7747 OM — September 2018

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BLUE IGUANA INN & SUITES Spanish-style inn offering rooms, suites & cottages with Southwest décor. Easy access to the Ojai Valley Trail. 11794 Ventura Ave | (805) 646-5277 blueiguanainn.com CAPRI MOTEL Hip, quirky option with retro rooms and cool pool scene. Free Wi-Fi and breakfast 1180 East Ojai Ave | (805) 646-4305 hotelojai.com CARAVAN OUTPOST A beautifully curated garden of Airstreams, located in the heart of Ojai. Free wi-fi, nightly entertainment, dog friendly, complimentary bicycles, camp store. Instagram: @caravanoutpost Web: caravanoutpost.com 317 Bryant Street I (805) 836-4891. CHANTICO INN & SUITES Relaxed, cozy rooms in a Mission-style hotel offering free breakfast & WiFi, plus an outdoor pool. 406 West Ojai Ave | (805) 646-8100 chanticoinnsuites.com

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EMERALD IGUANA INN Upscale inn with lush gardens, pool, hot tub, spa services, breakfast, & rooms with local artwork. 108 Pauline St | (805) 646-5277 emeraldiguana.com HUMMINGBIRD INN Lodge-like inn offering modern, casual rooms, plus free wi-fi breakfast, & an outdoor pool. Across the street from Soule Park Golf Course. 1208 East Ojai Ave | (805) 646-4365 hummingbirdinnojai.com LAVENDER INN Quaint bed-and-breakfast in an 1874 building featuring country-style rooms, plus a spa, yoga & cooking classes. In the heart of downtown Ojai. 210 East Matilja St | (805) 646-6635 lavenderinn.com

OJAI VALLEY INN & SPA Upscale Spanish-style hacienda with contemporary rooms & a spa, pool, golf & several restaurants. One of California’s premier destinations. 905 Country Club Road | (855) 6978780 ojairesort.com OAKRIDGE INN Functional budget hotel offering an outdoor pool, plus complimentary continental breakfast & WiFi. 780 North Ventura Ave | (805) 6494018 oakridgeinn.com OJAI RETREAT Serene, hilltop bed-and-breakfast offering traditional rooms, some with terraces, plus a buffet breakfast & yoga. 160 Besant Road | (805) 646-2536 ojairetreat.com

THE OAKS AT OJAI Serene weight-loss retreat offering 3 meals daily, plus a wellness spa & free fitness classes. 122 East Ojai Ave | (805) 646-5573 oaksspa.com

PEPPER TREE RETREAT & EDUCATION CENTER An oasis for the mind in a peaceful setting where individuals, couples and small groups can relax and enjoy the beauty of the valley. 1130 McAndrew Road (877) 355-5986 peppertreeretreat.com

OJAI RANCHO INN Borders Ojai Valley Trail, easy stroll to downtown. Hip, rustic-style inn offering country-chic rooms, plus free Wi-fi, a pool & a sauna. 615 West Ojai Ave | (805) 646-1434 ojairanchoinn.com

SU NIDO INN Artfully designed, Mission-style inn with traditional rooms, with stunning courtyard, an easy walk to downtown. Free Wi-Fi 301 North Montgomery Street (805) 646-7080 sunidoinn.com

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OJAI VALLEY

Trail Riding Company

Private Guided Trail Rides in the Ventura River Valley and the Los Padres Forest. 3 miles from downtown Ojai

Reservations: 805-890-9340

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Ojai Art Center Theater• OjaiACT.org or 805-640-8797

Good house in popular Skyline Estates. Great 3 bedroom 2.75 bath

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AN IDEAL OJAI DAY My ideal Ojai Day begins with waking with my two beautiful daughters, Chloe and Elise. They jump on my bed thinking how funny it is to get me out of bed. After settling down, they lie next to me, books in hand until we fully wake up. After reading a local article in bed with them, we decide on what to have for breakfast — today french toast, scrambled eggs and hashbrowns. They ride scooters down to Westridge Midtown Market for ingredients. Each time they go down to our local store, it’s a race to see how long they take to go there and back. This time they broke their previous record and made it in seven minutes. After arriving with the ingredients, my girls like making sure that we all contribute to making breakfast. Chloe operates the stove while Elise prepares the table; I offer support to both of them on their duties and make sure all goes smoothly. Most days in Ojai are sunny, so we take advantage of enjoying the outdoors. There are many ideas that we bounce off each other such as going to Libbey Park or Cluff Vista Park, hiking up Pratt Trail or Signal Street, but ultimately walking

Severo Lara Severo Landscaping, Mayoral Candidate Severo Lara with daughters Chloe and Elise.

downtown to the Art Center Theater to watch a performance is top choice. Afterwards, they naturally run into other friends as we make our way to Ojai Ice Cream to have a little treat. It is great to see how this small town has maintain a sense of community. I remember how my parents would take us to local businesses such as Ojai Ice Cream and it would be an extra bonus to run into friends and neighbors, and today it is nice to see it happen again for the next generation. Part of the advantage of living in a small town is that everything is relatively close by, so it only takes a single

scoop to get us home while walking and talking. Back at home, I begin to connect with family and friends, and we decide that it would be great to have a little potluck tonight. Chloe and Elise get excited and help me prepare for guests. The best part is to observe was all the chaos. Kids are laughing, crying, running… they were being kids. Some adults are inside by the kitchen or living room or outside, and there is a constant flow going in and out of the living areas. Even on short notice, I’m impressed by all the yummy food I can smell that our friends, family and neighbors have prepared. As darkness falls, after feasting on the delicious offerings and enjoyed each other company, we all help gather up dishes, preparing for the next school and work day. That night as my daughters lie in bed; I kiss them on the cheek, telling them how good they were today and how much I love them. I peek about thirty minutes later and can hear their peaceful sleeping breath. Now, I’m ready to turn in too. Note: Severo Lara is running for City Council 2018, for more information go to: SeveroLaraForMayor.com


SOLD IN OJAI

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Homes Sold Last Month

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A COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS OF RECENT HOME SALES 410 Church Road #26, 2 bed, 2 bath, 1,329 Sq. Ft. Listed $489,000. Sold $474,000 406 Descanso Avenue, 3 bed, 2 bath, 1,406 Sq. Ft. Listed $639,000. Sold $550,000 85 Apricot Street, Oak View, 3 bed, 2.5 bath, 1,560 Sq. Ft. Listed $589,000. Sold $589,000 1006 Grandview Avenue 5 bed, 3 bath, 2,565 Sq. Ft. Listed $689,000. Sold $610,000 509 Vallerio Avenue, 3 bed, 2 bath, 1,843 Sq. Ft. Listed $639,000. Sold $625,000 220 Mountain View Street, Oak View, 3 bed, 2.5 bath, 1,527 Sq. Ft. Listed $665,000. Sold $632,000

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$650,000. Sold $650,000 701 Grandview Avenue, 3 bed, 2 bath, 2,296 Sq. Ft. Listed 679,000. Sold $675,000 2024 Woodland Avenue, 4 bed, 2.5 bath, 1,953 Sq. Ft. Listed $750,000. Sold $712,000

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902 Daly Road, 2 bed, 1.25 bath, 1,297 Sq. Ft. Listed $775,000. Sold $750,000 782 Quail Street, 4 bed, 3 bath, 2,500 Sq. Ft. Listed $995,000. Sold $900,000

Marsha proudly serves homebuyers in the Ojai Valley with the touch of a local lender who knows the neighborhood.

1035 La Luna Avenue, 3 bed, 2.5 bath, 2,278 Sq. Ft. Listed $929,000. Sold $925,000 888 Baldwin Road, 5 bed, 4 bath, 3,703 Sq. Ft. Listed $1,990,000. Sold $1,830,000

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WHO’S WHO

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Stephen Adelman Broker Associate “Your Family Man Realtor” Coldwell Banker Property Shoppe realestateojai@ gmail.com ojailuxuryrealestate.com 805-640-5563

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Amy Hall Ojai Valley Real Estate Keller Williams AmyHallSellsHomes @gmail.com AmyHallSellsHomes .kw.com Making Your Dream A Reality 805 444 7874

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Marsha Kaye Home Mortgage Consultant Marsha.Kaye@ HomeBridge. com

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Korina Cardinali Coldwell Banker Property Shoppe KorinaCardinali805 @gmail.com 805-794-7963

Vivienne Moody Coldwell Banker Property Shoppe 805-798-1099 vmoody10@ sbcglobal.net OjaiLifestyle.net

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Kelly Wiggins Residential Real Estate Sales CalBRE#: 01990295 Joe Kapp Real Estate Mobile: 805-3405771, Fax: (805) 798-9051 Email: kelly@ ListingsByKelly. com Web: www. AskKel.com

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ONE OF MOST Creating Our Own WONDERFUL TIMES ‘Field of D reams’ OF THE YEAR

Dale Hanson Ojai Valley Real Estate 211 E. Matilija Street, Ste. J, 206 E. Ojai Ave. 805-646-7229 dale@ovhl.com

Teresa Rooney Coldwell Banker Property Shoppe teresarooneyhomes@ sbcglobal.net 805-340-8928

Hildegard Tallent CalBRE# 02047013 Keller Williams Realty 109 N. Blanche St. #100 Ojai, CA 93023 Tel: 805-798-1872 email: hildegard. tallent@kw.com

Joe Davis Full service property management, residential • Commercial • Industrial JoeTheRentalGuy.com. 805-574-9774

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Dawn E. Shook Executive Officer, Ojai Dawn E. Shook -- Executive Officer, Ojai Valley Board of Valley Board ofREALTORS REALTORS

MyAugust, favoriteitsport, which played in the empty In will be “The IMost Wonderful Time of the field near our Christmas, home in upstate NewifYork, all of Year”! No, not however you’rewith a parent the neighborhood kids: school-age children, it isBaseball! the beginning of school! Our Ojai Valley Board of REALTORS Marketing Committee created Operation Ojai School We could gather in OOSS a flash,orall ages, with balls Supplies, last year.kinds, We gathered supplies, backand bats of many to beginschool an afternoon packs, paper,were glue,whatever tissues, pencils, pens, notebooks, game. Bases we could gather and so much donated theneeded community and together, and more, we had all thatby was to enterrealtors. tain the group for hours. We deliveredmy sixMom hugecalling boxes of of school I remember usall to kinds come home for supplies to the District so Sumthey could supper, as itOjai wasUnified getting School a bit dark to play. distribute to our elementary and middle for schools. mertime was great in the neighborhood all of What aushappy teachers, — we day had for room to playand andus. we all were happy campers to be able to use the empty field as our “Fieldwe of are Dreams.” Now at it again, getting ready to fill our boxes to the top with all kinds of needed school supplies. Lucky forifussome theseofsupplies are plentiful and at a great I wonder the other kids remember it as price now. We have already received a large I do ...right probably! contribution from the Ojai Valley Lions Club, and with that will purchase backpacks! We would Pro baseball gamesmany are also fun to watch, better like to Optimist Club of bothtoo. Rotary in challenge person at the fields, however TVOjai, works, Clubs, and anyone else to donatefavorite, what they The Dodgers are my hometeam andcan myto help us, and help Ojai Unified School teachers husband andthe friends like to go to theDistrict home games and students. as much as we can. The deadline to donate itemsin orthe give money is August There is nothing like sitting arena in your 10 at The Ojaihotdogs Valley Board of REALTORS. School seats, eating and peanuts, just enjoying starts August and we want thewith kids all to have the game. It is22, truly a group sport the what they need for a and greattradition school year! music, chants, rolled into one event. Go Dodgers! See you about town. See you about town!

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OJAI HIKES

10 PATHS TO DISCOVERY By Bret Bradigan

Photo by Caitlin Petersen

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.) NOTE: Matilija Canyon was drastically altered by debris slides this past winter, and may take years to fully recover.

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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