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Cover story 7HG*DOO·V psychological sculptures See page 48

Rest your head: Ojai has a bevy of unique places to spend the night See page 46

Man with a plan: The diagnosis that sent an Ojai man on the trek of a lifetime See page 142

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Contributing writers Austin Widger Nancy Gross Perry Van Houten Contributing photographers Austin Widger Nancy Gross Tim Dewar Perry Van Houten Editorial assistant /LQGD*ULIÂżQ Advertising Lynn Goodman Ally Mills Production William MacNeil Wendy Muir Accounting Jodie Miller Layout & design Tim Dewar Distribution Ally Mills John Rice Dale Peterson

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What’s Inside

EVENTS CALENDAR page 16

ADVERTISER INDEX page 162

DOWNTOWN VENTURA .................................. 24 The valley’s neighbor to the south

THE PRESIDIO..................................................... 48

Sculptures that get in your head

Santa Barbara’s premier cultural and shopping district

CARPINTERIA ...................................................... 56 A kicked-back beach community you won’t want to miss

CAMPING ............................................................... 60 The best places to pitch a tent or park an RV

E’BELLO PLAZA..........................................61 Downtown Ojai’s west end

SANTA YNEZ VALLEY ....................................... 66 What to do in the Central Coast’s “other” wine region

Ojai artist Ted Gall’s sculptures are destined to make you think. story - Austin Widger

Ruminating about rooms Page..................20 Ojai has more than its share of unique and interesting places to stay.

VENTURA HARBOR ........................................... 69 The fishing village with so much more

COFFEEHOUSES ............................................... 70 Where to find the best coffee in the Ojai Valley

TREASURE MAP ................................................. 72 Where to find the best consignment shops and thrift stores

THE ARCADE ....................................................... 76

Ojai’s king of monster hits

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What’s happening in Ojai’s iconic downtown space

MEINERS OAKS .................................................. 91 Discover Ojai’s up-and-coming neighbor

OAK VIEW ........................................................... 102 The gateway to the Ojai Valley

OJAI PROFESSIONAL BUILDING ............104 Professional services at 603 W. Ojai Ave.

THE EAST END................................................. 108 More than just orchards and scenic vistas

From ‘50s sci-fi movies to mainstream musicals Ojai’s Phil Harvey has done it all. story - Perry Van Houten

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THE ARCADE PLAZA ..................................... 114 Discover another world tucked behind the Arcade

CHANNEL ISLANDS HARBOR.................... 122 A working harbor that’s full of fun

MATILIJA STREET ........................................... 124 Ojai’s “other Main Street”

A trek of a lifetime

SANTA BARBARA FUNK ZONE .................. 134 A shopping, dining and art experience within walking distance

MONTGOMERY STREET.............................. 144 Unique, funky shops off the beaten path

DINING, ETC. When you need a food fix, this is the place to look

MIND, BODY & SPIRIT Your guide to getting and staying happy and healthy

ARTISTS & GALLERIES Find the art and artists that help make Ojai famous

BUSINESS DIRECTORY The ultimate guide for when you need to get something done 8 OJAI VALLEY VISITORS GUIDE

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Getting schooled in the unusual Ojai’s public schools faced a bevy of the unusual last year. What will this year bring? story - Perry Van Houten

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Santa Barbara’s contemporary side

OLD TOWN CAMARILLO .............................. 138

story and photos Perry Van Houten

Ojai man uses diagnosis as motivation to “walk across” the country and back. story - Nancy Gross

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The Ojai Valley Visitors Guide is published quarterly by the Ojai Valley News, 101 Vallerio Ave., PO Box 277, Ojai, CA 93024. Telephone (805) 646-1476. Distribution is through public racks and home delivery throughout the Ojai Valley, and to 385 locations in four counties from Santa Monica to Paso Robles. All rights reserved. Subscription rate is $32 annually. Published in December, March, June and September. Call (805) 646-1476 for Visitors Guide advertising rates and deadlines. No part of this publication may be used or reproduced without written permission of the publisher. © 2018 Ojai Valley Visitors Guide


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• Backcountry Tour. Ojai is a wonderful base camp for a variety of adventures into some of California’s most magnificent backcountry. Curious visitors might be surprised by the wealth of natural & cultural features to be found in this vast & mystical region. The self-guided backcountry tour starts in Ojai, rambles north on Highway 33, over Pine Mountain Pass, through Ozena Valley & Cuyama Valley to Cerro Noroeste Road, through the Mount Piños area, & returns on Lockwood Valley Road to Highway 33. Scenic stops, recreation opportunities, side trips & services along this loop are plentiful. The whole trip, with Ojai as base camp, is about 180 miles. • Bart’s Books. A world-famous outdoor bookstore where you can browse more than 100,000 hardcover & paperback books, with new stock daily. Serving Ojai Valley since 1964. Special search service available. Located at 302 W. Matilija St. (805) 646-3755. • Twice Sold Tales. Second-hand bookstore next to the Ojai Library, 121 E. Ojai Ave., reselling books to benefit Friends of the Ojai Library. Most hardbacks are $2 & paperbacks are 50¢. The selection of books includes author-signed first-editions, new age, mystery, art, music and more. Open every day from noon to 4:45 p.m. (805) 646-4064. • Camp Comfort. The park is nestled in a valley astride the San Antonio Creek. RV & tent camping are available plus a country hall accommodating up to 340 people & a group barbecue area. 11969 N. Creek Rd., Ojai. (805) 654-3951. • Circle Drive. Highway 150 to Santa Paula; Highway 126 to Ventura; Highway 101 to Ojai turnoff; Highway 33 back to Ojai. Mountain, valley & ocean views. • Creek Road. Picturesque country road follows San Antonio Creek. Starts at south end of Montgomery Street in Ojai; ends in Oak View. • Grand Avenue Loop. Head east on Highway 150, bear left on Reeves Road, go a mile to McAndrew Road, turn north on Thacher Road, then, to return to Ojai turn right on Grand Avenue. You’ll see country roads lined with orange groves (in bloom in the spring).

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Some of the magnificent stone walls were built by Chinese laborers before the turn of the century. • Krishnamurti Library and Retreat. The Krishnamurti Library & Krishnamurti Retreat in Ojai are housed where Krishnamurti lived. The library is at 1070 McAndrew Road, (805) 646-4948. The retreat is at 1130 McAndrew Road, (805) 646-4773. • Krotona Library. A library serving both the public & research scholars. It houses an extensive collection of books on theosophy, comparative religion, philosophy, health & healing & other subjects. The library is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., & Saturdays & Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. Closed Mondays & holidays. The Krotona Library is at 2 Krotona Hill, (805) 646-2653. • Krotona Quest Bookshop. A unique selection of books on theosophy, metaphysics, psychology, health & healing. The bookstore also offers a large selection on spiritual philosophy, modern science & religions of the world. Special orders are available. Open Wednesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. & Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. Closed Mondays, Tuesdays & holidays. 47 Krotona Hill. Call (805) 646-0873. • The Ojai Retreat. 160 Besant Road, Meiners Oaks. A 5-acre educational retreat center with 360-degree views, seven minutes from the center of Ojai. The public is welcome to visit the grounds and the three libraries from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, after checking in with the office. 12 guest rooms, most with views. (805) 646-2536. • Libbey Park. Features Ojai Music Festival, Ojai Tennis Tournament, Mexican Fiesta & other cultural events. Famed for the Libbey Bowl amphitheater. In downtown Ojai next to the post office. • Los Padres National Forest. The nearly 2 million acres of coastal mountain terrain in the Los Padres National Forest is home to thousands of plant & animal species. It offers maps, guide books, campfire permits, wilderness permits & National Forest Adventure Passes. Ojai Ranger Station is located about one-half mile east of downtown at 1190 E.

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Ojai Ave. Call (805) 646-4348 for information. • Meditation Mount. A public meditation center whose mission is to promote meditation as an act of service to the world. There are monthly Full Moon Community Meditations, annual symposiums, daily meditations & weekly classes. The grounds are at the end of Reeves Road & visitors are welcome Wednesdays through Sundays from 8:30 a.m. to sunset. 10340 Reeves Road. (805) 646-5508. • M.E.S.A. Naturalists will guide you along eight miles of trails through 200-plus acres of oak woodlands, streams, chaparral & meadows. Available to school & community groups by reservation. Call (805) 646-8712. • The Ojai Foundation. 9739 Ojai-Santa Paula Road, six miles from the center of Ojai. A 40-acre educational retreat center at the foot of the majestic Los Padres mountains. The public is welcome to visit the lovely gardens or simply walk the land from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. Weekend programs & educational retreats take place in the fall & spring. Call (805) 646-8343. • Ojai Valley Museum and Visitors Center. 130 W. Ojai Ave. The only museum in Ojai, preserves & exhibits the art, history & culture of the Ojai Valley with a permanent history gallery & a changing gallery with rotating exhibits Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; & Sundays, noon to 4 p.m. Tours by appointment. (805) 640-1390. Visitor’s Center can be reached at (805) 640-1390 Ext. 202. • Ojai Valley Chamber of Commerce. At 206 N. Signal St. M - F, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (805) 646-8126. • Sarzotti Park. Left on Park Road from Ojai Avenue when heading east. Playground, ball field, recreation center, barbecue pits & horseshoe pits. • Tennis. Libbey Park, downtown Ojai. Other locations include Matilija Junior High, 703 El Paseo Road in Ojai; Nordhoff High, 1/2 mile north of the “Y” intersection of Highway 150 & Highway 33; Ojai Valley Inn, call 6465511; Soule Park, off Boardman Road; Ojai Valley Athletic Club (private club), end of Fox Street, call 646-7213. • Lake Casitas. Created by Casitas Dam, with 100 miles of shoreline with boating, camping, picnicking & fishing. For information about the lake, water park and campgrounds, call (805) 649-2233.

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CALENDAR Art Exhibit Currently through Oct. 28 Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. Ojai Valley Museum, 130 W. Ojai Ave., Ojai, (805) 640-1390 The museum is displaying “Starchitecture: Ojai by Design.” www.ojaivalleymuseum.org/ “Man of La Mancha” Sept. 7 through Oct. 7 Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Ojai Art Center Theater, 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai, (805) 6408797 www.OjaiACT.org Art Exhibit Sept. 7 through Oct. 3 Tuesday through Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. Ojai Art Center, 113 S. Montgomery St., (805) 646-0117 Artwork by Linda Taylor and Soni Wright will be on display in the gallery. www.ojaiartcenter.org Art Exhibit Sept. 15 through Oct. 28 Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts, 8585 Ojai-Santa Paula Road, Ojai (805) 646-3381 Works by Jeff Margolin and Fred Yokel will be on display in the Beato Gallery. The Logan Gallery will exhibit “Selections from the Lipton Collection.” www.beatricewood.com Agora Foundation Sept. 20, Noon to 1 p.m. Ojai Library, 111 E. Ojai Ave., (805) 231-5974 The topic of this free community seminar will be “The Foundations of Our Republic,” from selected federalist papers. www.theagorafoundation.org Chamber on the Mountain Sept. 23, 3 p.m. Logan House, 8585 Ojai-Santa Paula Road, Ojai, (805) 646-9951 Pianist Ji will perform classic and contemporary works. www.chamberonthemountain.com Town Talk Sept. 28, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Ojai Valley Museum, 130 W. Ojai Ave., Ojai, (805) 640-1390 Raymond Neutra, son of famous architect Richard Neutra, will visit the museum to discuss why his father emphasized natural elements in his designs and techniques he used to fuse indoors and outdoors. 16 OJAI VALLEY VISITORS GUIDE

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www.ojaivalleymuseum.org/ Fall Equinox Nature Hike Sept. 30, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pine Mountain, meet at Maricopa Plaza to carpool, (805) 646-6281 Lanny Kaufer will lead an exploration of the ecosystem of the mixed conifer forest and teach UH[P]LWSHU[PKLU[PÄJH[PVUHUK\ZLZ www.herbwalks.com Ojai Chautauqua Sept. 30, 3 to 5 p.m. Matilija Auditorium, 703 El Paseo Road, Ojai, (805) 231-5974 The topic of this Chautauqua discussion will be “The Future of Water in the Ojai Valley.” www.ojaichat.org

October Agora Foundation Oct. 4, Noon to 1 p.m. Ojai Library, 111 E. Ojai Ave. (805) 231-5974 The topic of this free community seminar will be “The Foundations of Our Republic,” from selected federalist papers. www.theagorafoundation.org Art Exhibit Oct. 5 through Oct. 29 Tuesday through Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. Ojai Art Center, 113 S. Montgomery St., (805) 646-0117 Artwork by the Ojai Studio Artists will be on display. A reception will be held Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. www.ojaiartcenter.org Medicinal Plant Workshop Oct. 6, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Meet at downtown Ojai location

(805) 646-6281 James Adams, Ph.D., from USC School of Pharmacy, will teach UH[P]LWSHU[PKLU[PÄJH[PVUHUK medicinal uses and how to prepare botanical home remedies. www.herbwalks.com Ojai Studio Artists Tour Oct. 13, 14 and 15, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Various studios, (805) 6336073 The 35th annual, self-guided tour of 70-plus OSA members’ studios will feature a Saturday-night reception and a Sunday-evening social; see website for more information and tickets. www.ojaistudioartists.org Agora Foundation Oct. 18, Noon to 1 p.m. Ojai Library, 111 E. Ojai Ave. (805) 231-5974 The topic of this free community seminar will be “The Foundations of Our Republic,” from selected federalist papers. www.theagorafoundation.org Yearlings Concert Oct. 19, 7 p.m. Ojai Art Center Theater, 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai, (805) 6408797 The Yearlings will perform in concert. www.OjaiACT.org Ojai Day Oct. 20, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Downtown Ojai and Libbey Park (805) 646-5581, Ext. 304 Annual Ojai Day celebration will feature music, art, food, beer and wine gardens, parade, car show, hayrides, and much more. www.ojaiday.org

Works by Ojai Rockstacker Martha Moran will be on display in her studio during the Ojai Studio Artists’ annual self-guided tour.

“Taste of Ojai” Oct. 21, 2 to 5 p.m. Ojai Valley Inn & Spa, 905 Country Club Road The Rotary Club of Ojai’s “Taste of Ojai” will feature food prepared by chefs from local restaurants, with wines, beers and musical entertainment on the 10th green. info@tasteofojai.com www.tasteofojai.com Chamber Music Concert Oct. 21, 2 p.m. Ojai Art Center, 113 S. Montgomery St., (805) 646-0117 Karenza Peacock will perform a program of classical chamber music. www.ojaiartcenter.org Ojai Storytelling Festival Oct. 25 through Oct. 28 Various times and locations (310) 890-1439 Diane Ferlatte will be the mistress of ceremonies for the 18th Ojai Storytelling Festival, featuring award-winning storytellers and programs for students, families and adults. www.ojaistoryfest.org October Classic 5K-10K Run/Walk & “Paws for a Cause” Dog Walk Oct. 27, registration begins at 7 a.m., run/walk begins at 8 a.m., and dog walk starts at 8:30 a.m. Ojai Valley Community Hospital, 1306 Maricopa Highway, Ojai (805) 640-2317 The annual October Classic Run/ >HSR^PSSYHPZLM\UKZ[VILULÄ[ Ojai Valley Community Hospital and Continuing Care Center. www.octoberclassic.org Literary Event


CALENDAR Oct. 29, 7 p.m. Ojai Art Center, 113 S. Montgomery St. (805) 646-0117 The Art Center will host a book reading and signing with David Melon, author of “Silent.� www.ojaiartcenter.org

November Art Exhibit Nov. 1 through Nov. 28 Tuesday through Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. Ojai Art Center, 113 S. Montgomery St., (805) 646-0117 Artwork by the Santa Barbara Printmakers will be on display in the gallery. A reception will be held Nov. 17 from 4 to 6 p.m. www.ojaiartcenter.org Ojai Film Festival Nov. 1 to 11 Various times and venues (805) 640-1947 This will be the 19th annual Ojai Film Festival, featuring independent Ă„STZMYVTHYV\UK[OL^VYSK ^VYRZOVWZĂ„STTHRPUNZLTPUHYZ HUKZWLJPHSZJYLLUPUNZ(MYLLĂ„ST screening will open the festival, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. at Libbey Bowl. ^^^VQHPĂ„STMLZ[P]HSJVT Agora Foundation Nov. 1, Noon to 1 p.m. Ojai Library, 111 E. Ojai Ave. (805) 231-5974 The topic of this free community seminar will be “The Foundations of Our Republic,: The Constitution.â€? www.theagorafoundation.org Ojai Concert Series Nov. 7, 7 p.m. Ojai Valley Woman’s Club, 441 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai, (805) 665-8852 Singing cowboy Sourdough Slim will perform in his fast-paced stage show. www.ojaiconcertseries.com Holiday Home Look In Nov. 10 and 11, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Four homes, (805) 646-2053 Tour distinctive Ojai Valley homes adorned with seasonal trimmings. Raises money for the Ojai Music Festival and Bravo! music education program. A Holiday Marketplace will also be held at St.Thomas Aquinas Church Hall, 185 St.Thomas Drive, Ojai, Nov. 10 from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Nov. 11 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. www.ojaifestival.org Art Exhibit Nov. 10 through Dec. 30 Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 11

a.m. to 5 p.m. Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts, 8585 Ojai-Santa Paula Road, Ojai (805) 646-3381 The exhibit, “Intersection: Art & Life,â€? will be on display in the Beato Gallery. The Logan Gallery will exhibit works by the Ventura County Potters’ Guild. www.beatricewood.com Agora Foundation Nov. 15, Noon to 1 p.m. Ojai Library, 111 E. Ojai Ave. (805) 231-5974 The topic of this free community seminar will be “The Foundations of Our Republic,: The Constitution, Part II.â€? www.theagorafoundation.org Ojai Herbal Symposium Nov. 16 through Nov. 18 At various Ojai locations (805) 646-6281 Learn about medicinal uses of plants with 14 presenters from across the spectrum of healing. www.ojaiherbalsymposium.org Art Exhibit Nov. 16 through Jan. 27 Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. Ojai Valley Museum, 130 W. Ojai Ave., Ojai (805) 640-1390 The museum will display an exhibit titled “Trial by Fireâ€? through Jan. 27. This exhibit examines the Thomas Fire, as well as the 1917,  HUK Ă„YLZ[OH[PTWHJ[LK the Ojai Valley. The free opening reception will be held Nov. 16 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. www.ojaivalleymuseum.org Chamber Music Concert Nov. 18, 2 p.m. Ojai Art Center, 113 S. Montgomery St. (805) 646-0117 Kacey Link will perform a program of classical chamber music. www.ojaiartcenter.org NHS Holiday Concerts Nov. 24, 7:30 p.m., Nov. 25, 2 p.m. Matilija Auditorium, 703 El Paseo Road, Ojai, (805) 640-4343, Ext. 1860 “Do You Hear What I Hear?â€? is the [P[SLMVY[OLZLJVUJLY[Z[VILULĂ„[ the music department at Nordhoff High School. Featured will be the NHS Blue and Gold Choir plus Ă„]LWYVMLZZPVUHSZPUNLYZHUKH professional orchestra performing traditional and popular holiday songs. www.nhsmusic.com “Cinderellaâ€? Nov. 30 through Dec. 16

Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Ojai Art Center Theater, 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai, (805) 6408797 This will be an English pantomime. www.OjaiACT.org

December NHS Dance Concerts Dec. 1, 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Cafe Stage, Nordhoff High School, 1401 Maricopa Highway, Ojai (805) 640-4343, Ext. 1861 These dance concerts will feature students from Nordhoff High School. www.nhsdance.com Community Chorus Concerts Dec. 1, 7 p.m. Dec. 2, 3 p.m. Ojai United Methodist Church, 120 Church Road, Ojai (805) 640-0468 Ojai Community Chorus will present “The Spirit of the Season,â€? featuring movements from Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “Hodieâ€? and a variety of holiday music, led by director Connie Woodson. www.ojaichorus.wordpress.com Chamber on the Mountain Dec. 2, 3 p.m. Logan House, 8585 Ojai-Santa Paula Road, Ojai (805) 646-9951 The Amerigo Trio, accompanied by pianist Bernadene Blaha, will perform classic and contemporary works. A meet-the-artists reception follows the performance. www.chamberonthemountain.com Agora Foundation Dec. 6, Noon to 1 p.m. Ojai Library, 111 E. Ojai Ave. (805) 231-5974 The topic of this free community seminar will be “The Foundations of Our Republic,: The Constitution, Part III.â€? www.theagorafoundation.org Nightingale Ball Dec. 7, 6 to 10 p.m. Ojai Valley Inn & Spa, 905 Country Club Road, Ojai (805) 640-2317 The annual Nightingale Ball dinner and dance will raise funds [VILULĂ„[6QHP=HSSL`*VTT\UP[` Hospital and Continuing Care Center. Call for ticket information. Ojai Concert Series Dec. 20, 7 p.m. Ojai Valley Woman’s Club, 441 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai, (805) 665-8852 The popular “Irish Christmas in Americaâ€? show will take the stage

for its 14th season in a familyfriendly performance of top Irish music, song and dance. www.ojaiconcertseries.com “The Belle of Amhurstâ€? Dec. 21 through Dec. 30 Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Ojai Art Center Theater, 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai, (805) 6408797 This special holiday show will ILULĂ„[[OL(Y[*LU[LY;OLH[LY www.OjaiACT.org

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Nature on Tap: Get Acquainted to the Mission and Passion of “Runners for Public Landsâ€? Join Vic Thasiah, California naturalist and co-founder of the Runners for Public Lands project, from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Topa Topa Brewing Company, at 104 E. Thompson Blvd. in Ventura, to learn about the newly formed Runners for Public Lands (RPL) nonproďŹ t organization. Runners for Public Lands is dedicated to building relationships between runners and local land conservation organizations to deepen runners’ connections to, and encourage stewardship of, the open spaces through which they run.

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Bark Out Loud Comedy Night The seventh annual Bark Out Loud Comedy Night, a fundraiser for the the Ventura Police Department K-9 Unit, kicks off at 7 p.m. in the the Olivas Adobe at 4200 Olivas Park Drive in Ventura. Visit https://www. eventbrite.com/e/bark-out-loud-comedy-night-tickets-45914969911 for tickets and information.

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(Ventura happenings continued from page 26) from 6:40 a.m. to 1 p.m. The downhill point-to-point marathon and half-marathon course, begins in Ojai and ends in Mission Park at 185 E. Santa Clara St. in Ventura. All runners will depart on shuttles at 5 a.m. from the Ventura County Fairgrounds. This fast and scenic course is a qualifier for the Boston Marathon. Distances include marathon, half-marathon, 5K, mile, and kids run. Extras include a Belgian waffle breakfast, Sierra Nevada beer, free race-day photos and more.

Oct. 6 Pier Under the Stars This event, which begins at 5 p.m., offers attendees the opportunity to sip wine, beer, spirits and non-alchoholic beverages while tasting food and desserts from Ventura County restaurants and cafes, listening to a live band and dancing under the stars. The evening also features a silent auction, views of the Pacific Ocean, a photo booth and more! This event takes place at the Ventura Pier on Harbor Boulevard in Ventura. For tickets and information, visit https://

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Nov. 22 78th Annual Turkey Night Grand Prix The 78th annual Turkey Night Grand Prix will be held on the beach in Ventura at the Ventura Raceway from 3 to 11 p.m. The Midgets will practice all during the evening while the USAC/VRA Sprint Cars run their hot laps, qualifying, heat races and a special main event for an additional purse. The Ventura Raceway is at 10 W. Harbor Blvd. in Ventura. For tickets and information, visit https://www.eventbrite.com.

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One of the many variations on Gall's â&#x20AC;&#x153;Puppet Masterâ&#x20AC;? design, which conveys his belief that men are, at times, puppets.


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“The Wisdom House” has an articulating head on wheels that opens, one of Gall's favorite methods of sculpting. Continued on page 40

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Visit http://theodoregall.com to see more of his work and http://ojaistudioartists.org for information about the Tour.

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The "Facets Plaza" sculpture expands on the typical articulating head design by adding additional faces coming out of theÞgure.

“Men on wheels” or “cosmic cowboys” are a recurring theme in Gall’s work. 40 OJAI VALLEY VISITORS GUIDE


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From page 83

In a role made famous by Yul Brynner, Harvey played the King of Siam in a 1963 production of the Rogers and Hammerstein musical â&#x20AC;&#x153;The King and I.â&#x20AC;? Photo courtesy of Phil Harvey

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through the middle of town. 7KHROGHVWRIWKUHH+DUYH\UHJLVWHUHGDVDFRQVFLHQWLRXVREMHFWRUGXULQJ:RUOG:DU,,DQGFDPHWR 6RXWKHUQ&DOLIRUQLDWRZRUNIRUWKH&DOLIRUQLD&RQVHUYDWLRQ&RUSVDVD¿UH¿JKWHUIRUZKLFKKHZDVSDLG DPRQWK +DUYH\¿UVWFDPHWR2MDLLQWKH¾VWRKHDUSKLlosopher, speaker and writer Jiddu Krishnamurti give a WDONDWWKH2DN*URYHLQ0HLQHUV2DNV He liked and ultimately met Krishnamurti, but fell in love with Ojai. ³,ZDVUDLVHGLQD4XDNHUFRPPXQLW\DQG2MDL was the place I loved because it was so wonderful and VLPSOH´+DUYH\VDLG +HDOVRPHWDQGIHOOLQORYHZLWK0DUJDUHW6PLWK ZKRKHPDUULHGLQ ³,ZDVYHU\SKLORVRSKLFDOLQWKRVHGD\VDQGVKH NQHZZKDW,ZDVWDONLQJDERXW´+DUYH\VDLG³, ZDVQœWVXUHP\VHOI´ 7KHVWRU\RIKRZ+DUYH\JRWVLJQHGWRDPRYLH contract goes back to Ojai. ³-RKQ%DXHULQZDVWKHPDQZKREHJDQWKH 2MDL0XVLF)HVWLYDO+HVDLG¾<RXQJPDQ\RXVLQJVR

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Harvey's mother-in-law convinced the owner of the Ojai Theater to put Phil's name on the marquee, beside those of the major stars, for a 1957 screening of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Battle Hymn.â&#x20AC;?

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In a 1960 production of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Barber of Seville,â&#x20AC;? Harvey played the barber, Figaro.

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During Ojai Summer Band performances at Libbey Park, Harvey opens each show with â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Ojai Song.â&#x20AC;?


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elm tree branch fell at Topa Topa Elementary, injuring ÂżYHVWXGHQWVDQGDWHDFKHU Cantwell sent David Rogers, OUSD director of operations, to conduct a triage of all trees throughout the District's eight campuses. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The tree showed some signs of stress but otherwise seemed to be OK,â&#x20AC;? Rogers said. Over the next few months, an arborist assessed every tree in the District. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We worked diligently to address poor-condition trees,â&#x20AC;? said Rogers. OUSD immediately removed 16 trees and 19 more have been removed since, due to either poor condition or rot issues. A side effect of replacing turf with more drought-tolerant plants is that the trees don't get enough water. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We're trying to be a lot smarter and make sure that trees are being watered and aren't stressed out,â&#x20AC;? Rogers said. ,QKLVÂżUVW\HDUDVGLUHFWRURIRSHUDWLRQV5RJHUV had previously worked as a computer tech, network

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Student protests The 2017-2018 school year also saw a job change for former Topa Topa Elementary principal Dr. Sherrill Knox, who was elevated to assistant superintendent of educational services. A 1995 NHS graduate and a resident of the Ojai Valley since the age of 5, Knox started teaching Spanish at Nordhoff in 1999, but did not expect to become the assistant superintendent so soon. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I envisioned myself as the principal of Topa Topa for a good 10 years,â&#x20AC;? she said. 7KHÂżUVW\HDULQKHUQHZSRVLWLRQÂłIHOWYHU\FUD]\ very busy with things that are not typical.â&#x20AC;? On March 14, students at NHS and Matilija Junior High School (MJHS) participated in a national school walkout in protest of gun violence. The walkout, which lasted from 10 to 10:17 a.m., came on the one-month anniversary of a school shooting in Parkland, Fla. that left 17 people dead. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We did discourage them from walking out,â&#x20AC;? Knox

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Surplus property During the year, OUSD conWLQXHGLWVZRUNWR¿QGDGHYHORSHU interested in leasing the Chaparral High School property, to raise revenue for the District. The School Board objected strongly when the Ojai City Council declared Chaparral’s Ojai Avenue-facing buildings as Ojai’s Historic Landmark No. 24, arguing that the designation could hinder developers’ interest in the property. Cantwell said he hopes to begin

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the classroom. How do you have a strong, rich dialogue in the classroom when you only have one second-grader?” On June 6, the OUSD Board voted to suspend enrollment at Summit Elementary School for the 2018-2019 school year.

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This district, which spans the area between the ocean and Highway 101 and is adjacent to the Amtrak station, has enjoyed an upswell of boutique tasting rooms, cafes, galleries, and shops. Sept. 29 Figtoberfest Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company’s annual event, FigtoberFest, celebrates the traditional OktoberFest with an emphasis on craft beer. Held from noon to close, FigtoberFest will feature German food, festive music, FigtoberFest beer on draught, games, contests and more.

Sept. 24 Helena Avenue Bakery After Hours Pop Up - Second Edition The After Hours Pop Ups, by Chef Brendan Collins, are multi-course dining experiences that move from place to place. The second edition will be held in the Funk Zone, at Helena Ave. Bakery from 9 to 11:30 p.m. Attendees can expect many playful and delicious courses accompanied with a pairing if they so choose. The menu includes three amuse bouches or “snacks” and

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then a full four-course meal, including dessert. Nobody will leave hungry. Helena Avenue Bakery is at 131 Anacapa Street #C in Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone.

Through Nov. 11 Erik ReeL Zero Point exhibit GraySpace Gallery is hosting the first solo exhibition in Santa Barbara in a decade for improvisational non-objective painter Erik ReeL. The exhibit will feature major new paintings and studies never shown before. A unique aspect of this exhibition is that GraySpace has coupled ReeL’s solo show with an exhibition designed by Rhonda P. Hill, ReeL’s wife, titled “Blurred Boundaries: Fashion as an Art,” that will introduce a group of young, international fashion designers to Santa Barbara. The exhibit spotlights works by fashion designers Tingyue Jiang, Alena Kalana, Susan Tancer and Hera Zhou. The Gray Space Gallery is at 219 Gray Ave. in Santa Barbara.


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ering from injuries. Then in December, the Thomas Fire left Ojai GHDOLQJZLWKĂ&#x20AC;DPHVVPRNHDQGDVK But Kustal, who turned 77 in February, persisted. He crossed the V\PEROLFÂżQLVKOLQH-XO\ â&#x20AC;&#x153;It turns out Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m one of those lucky people,â&#x20AC;? said the Brooklyn-born Kustal, â&#x20AC;&#x153;genetically, I was prone to die.â&#x20AC;? In the way that only a survivor can, he was making light of a weakness in the â&#x20AC;&#x153;left mainâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the artery that supplies blood from the right side of the heart to the left side â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a condition he likely inherited from his father. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You plug that up and you shut everything down. If that happens, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no intervention,â&#x20AC;? he said. Continued on page 148

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Members of the Senior Writing Group at Help of Ojai, to which Kustal belongs, know that even before KLVLOOQHVVHVKHZRXOGRIWHQH[SORUHWKHÂżQLWHQDWXUHRI life in his poetry. Jeff was 17 when his father died unexpectedly â&#x20AC;&#x201D; on an ordinary day â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and that trauma left a thread of melancholy running through his otherwise playful, dynamic and intellectual demeanor. It also prompted him to look after his own health proactively, if not obsessively. A Runner Ahead of His Time Kustal was a very dedicated runner for approximately 22 years. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I started running in the fall of â&#x20AC;&#x2122;68, a time when I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see another runner. People would always ask my former wife, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s he do that for?â&#x20AC;&#x2122; I wanted to stay ÂżW,GLGQÂśWZDQWWRJHWROG´ It started after reading â&#x20AC;&#x153;Royal Canadian Air Force Exercise Plans for Physical Fitness,â&#x20AC;? a bestseller in the 1960s written by Royal Canadian Air Force pilots VWDWLRQHGLQUHPRWHFRQÂżQHGEDVHVLQWKHIDUQRUWK,WV

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In 1990, he began experiencing bladder problems and blood in his urine. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The doctor said, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;No more running.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x2122;For how long?â&#x20AC;&#x2122; I asked, and he said, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;No more means no more.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t listen. I had joggerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bladder three more times.â&#x20AC;?

Kustal (left) celebrates with his grandson, Will, as he completes the last mile of his cross-country trek.

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Shifting Cardio Styles Finally, he did stop running, and for a few years favored a rowing machine before moving on to an exercise bike, varying these with other cardio equipment from time to time. In early 2013, after a typical session on an exercise bike at the 2MDL9DOOH\$WKOHWLF&OXE 29$&  Kustal was walking through the parking lot when he was hit with symptoms that left a palpable memory. He runs his hand over his breastbone and describes â&#x20AC;&#x153;a feeling of rods of frozen ice down the middle of my chest.â&#x20AC;? His wife, Lyn, told him, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Go back to the MD, and tell him your wife wants peace of mind.â&#x20AC;? When his general practitioner found nothing suspicious, â&#x20AC;&#x153;She pushed me to see a cardiologist. He told me Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d probably need an angiogram, worst case scenario, a stent. It was during the stress test that one of the technicians called the doctor over.â&#x20AC;? That was when things changed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t leave until you get a surgery appointment,â&#x20AC;? his doctor admonished, adding, â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you had not exercised and watched your diet for the last 20 years, you would have died before you came in. The â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;left mainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; is called the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;widow maker.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Open Heart Surgery Jeff wrote a series of poems called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Waltzing with Heavenâ&#x20AC;? that deal with his emotions of that time and its aftermath, a period that left its impression on his psyche to go with the scar on his chest.


â&#x20AC;&#x153;On June 27, 2013, it was open heart surgery. Heart surgery takes you down to zip. In recovery, I would walk down the driveway, then across the street. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We went to Hawaii around the holidays. We were changing planes, walking across the tarmac, and I started thinking, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t accomplished anything. What could I do that thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a chance of someone other than my family knowing about it in the future?â&#x20AC;&#x2122; I was walking every day and logged 80 miles on that WULS7KLVZDVÂżYHPRQWKVDIWHUVXUJHU\6R,WKRXJKW â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Walking across America â&#x20AC;&#x201D; thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a thing. How many people have walked across America, in Ojai?â&#x20AC;&#x2122; I came up with the idea of walking mile for mile but substitutLQJDSDWKZD\IRUWKHKLJKZD\,WEHFDPHDÂżJXUDWLYHD representational, walking across America.â&#x20AC;? Using a highlighter, he translated the miles onto a large United States map. On his calendar each day, he would write his miles, his minutes and his adjusted running total. Finally, he learned of an app called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Run Keeper,â&#x20AC;?

that would let him log his walks. People who saw him on the bike path and chatted with him about what he was doing would ask him in passing, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Where are you now?â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Not â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;How are you?â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? he said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;but â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Where are you?â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? He did log some of his miles on Shelf Road, Besant Meadow and on the treadmill at the OVAC, but the Ojai Valley Trail is his favorite go-to. â&#x20AC;&#x153;To make it a little more interesting I decided to go up from New York to Boston. Boston sticks a little further out,â&#x20AC;? he explained. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I wanted to go home a different way. I wanted someone to look at the map and not see one line but see two.â&#x20AC;? Another Diagnosis Over time, Jeff began noticing it was taking him longer to walk a mile. When he was at his peak, he would walk a mile in 13.5 or 14 minutes. When that slowed to 15 or 16 minutes, he returned to the doctor and was met with encouragement not to worry. Continued on page 152

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From page 151

The map Kustal used to chart his journey and the route he used marked in green.

By May, 2016 he started to worry about his prosSHFWVIRUÂżQLVKLQJÂł,I,ÂśGGRWZRPLOHVLWWDNHV minutes per mile. I was at 3,800 miles. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to go 6,000 miles. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s actually more than 6,000 miles round trip. More like 6,072.â&#x20AC;? In October 2016, he read two novels in which characters were diagnosed with Parkinsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s disease. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In one, he enumerates the symptoms. I have eight out of 10 of them!â&#x20AC;? After the diagnosis, his walking diminished from approximately 125 miles a month to 30. But in spite of this, he completed the trek across America and back. His grandson, Will, who was visiting at the time,

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ZDONHGZLWKKLPIRUWKHÂżQDOTXDUWHUPLOH Will He Continue Walking? Like Alan Alda, who recently shared that he too has Parkinsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Jeff said he will keep moving, and keep musing and will walk until he canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t walk anymore. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I decided to let people know I have Parkinsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s to encourage others to take action. I was Diagnosed 3 and a half years ago, but my life is full. I act, I give talks, I do my podcast, which I love. If you get a diagnosis, keep moving!â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Alan Alda


Postoperative: Open-Heart by Jeff Kustal There are nights I have to hold me tight, Until the commotion fades. The warning coming loud and clear â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re vulnerable â&#x20AC;&#x201C; in spades!â&#x20AC;?

Given time the feeling passes, And I ease off toward sleep, Until the thought again trespasses â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The appointment Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll one day keep.



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Immortality was once an option, No end to life in sight. That I know better, lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s but so long Makes its presence felt at night.

Kustal (left), and his wife, Lyn, often walk around Ojai together.



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8) JJ’s Sports Zone

Open daily at 8:30 am Breakfast, lunch & dinner Happy hour - daily 214 W. Ojai Ave. Ste #100 • (805) 640-1301

Home-style Italian favorites in Ojai’s scenic East End. Indoor & outdoor dining 3277 E. Ojai Ave. www.Boccalis.com • (805) 646-6116

Home-style Italian favorites in Indoor & outdoor dining 840 Ventura Ave. Oak View www.Boccalis.com • (805) 649-1057

www.jjssportszone.com Enjoy a casual environment dedicated to providing you with quality food & service. 820 N. Ventura Ave. • (805) 649-4655

9) KNEAD Baking Co.

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Breakfast, lunch, picnic fare, beer, wine, artisan breads, specialty cakes and tarts 469 E. Ojai Ave. www.kneadbakingcompany.com • (310) 770-3282

Delivery hours: Su-Th 10 am-12am Fr-Sa 10 am-1 am Carryout hours: Su-Sa 10 am-11 pm 11420 N. Ventura Ave. #112 • (805) 640-0080

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Voted #1 pizza in Ojai! 331 E. Ojai Ave. “We deliver” NFL Sunday Ticket www.TheOnlyGoodPizza.com • (805) 646-7878

13) Ojai Sports Grill

5 beers on tap, wide selection of bottled beers & wines, and 8 big screen TVs for the complete sporting experience! 100 E. El Roblar Dr. www.ojaisportsgrill.com • (805) 646-9969

14) Rainbow Bridge Natural Foods Store Vegetarian dishes Scrumptious deli counter and dining area 211 E. Matilija Street • (805) 646-4017

15) Sakura Ojai

Sushi, roll, vegetarian dishes, teppan yaki (salmon, shrimp, chicken, beef, rib eye steak), soup and noodles, salad and more! 219 E. Matilija St. Ojai CA 93023 • (805) 646-8777

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6) Home Kitchen of Ojai Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Private events available 1103 Maricopa Hwy. Ojai • (805) 646-5346

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10) Ojai Beverage Co. New menu - outdoor patio dining, great food! Open 11 am to 11 pm 655 E. Ojai Ave. www.ojaibevco.com • (805) 646-1700

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20 Casa Barranca Winery Visit Our tasting room & boutique. Certified organic vineyard and winery. Open Daily 208 E. Ojai Ave. • (805) 640-1255

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Tasting room 321 East Ojai Ave (Downstairs) www.majesticoakvineyard.com • (805) 794-0272

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Artists & Galleries Gem Quest Jewelers Custom Jewelry Design & Jewelry Repair Tues-Sat 10 - 5:30, Some Sun. 324 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai www.gemquestjewelry.com • (805) 633-4666

Jes MaHarry Unforgettable Jewelry 316 E. Ojai Ave. www.jesmaharry.com FB: jesmaharryjewelry • (877) 728-5377

Ojai Studio Artists Annual Tour October 12-15 One of California’s premier art events. Over 70 open studios For more info go to

Grass Roots Gallery Made by hand art & gifts from local artisans 323 E. Matilija St. • (805) 272-8373

Leslie Marcus The Marcus Collection An Ojai, California resident for over 18 years. Leslie paints in her home studio, and teaches Fine Art Painting. www.leslie-marcus.pixels.com • (805) 798-1707

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• (805) 317-9634

www.OjaiFilmFestival.com

• (805) 649-5312

MIND BODY SPIRIT HEALING ARTS

HEALING ARTS

Jacalyn Booth, Certified Colon Hydrotherapist, Ojai Digestive Health With over 30 years in various healing modalities, and over 14 years as a colon hydrotherapist, Jacalyn brings a deep level of care to the practice of colon hydrotherapy. Professional ~ Gentle ~ Effective • (805) 901-3000 www.ojaidigestivehealth.com

Dr. John R. Galaska, PsyD, BCN, Cht University professor of Psychology Neurofeedback, biofeedback, hypnosis for past troubling experiences and enhancing subjective life experience. www.BeCalmofOjai.com www.facebook.com/BeCalmofOjai/ • (805) 705-5175

Leslie Bouché, C.Ht. Cert. Hypnotherapist. Find your calm center. Release negative thinking, emotional reactivity, anxiety, fear, and unhelpful behaviors. Improve sleep and comfort. Safe, loving, lasting change. It’s time to feel better! • (805) 796-1616 leslie@lesliebouche.com lesliebouche.com

Fred Siciliano OMD, LAc, MH

Laurel Crary Feng Shui Consultant, Identify the energy in your home or workspace to enhance creativity, love, abundance and/or wellness. Certified in the Feng Shui schools of Form, Compass and Flying Star. LHCrary@gmail.com LaurelHeatherDesign.com • (818) 731-9751 Laurel Felice, L.M.T. Offers Swedish, deep tissue, reflexology, reiki, craniosacral and pregnancy massage with a reverent & joyous balance of hands & heart. laurelfelice54@gmail.com www.ojaihealers.com • (805) 886-3674

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Judy Gabriel Energy Landscaping, Using intuitive vision and energy dowsing, Judy brings the health of your body, land, business, or home into balance to support your highest potential. Judy@EnergyLandscaping.com • (805) 798-4111

S PAS Licensed Acupuncturist, Medicinal Herb Specialist

Natural Health Care, Since 1981 Acupressure & Non-force Alignment 4482 Market St., Ste. 403, Ventura CA

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The Day Spa of Ojai Indulge your body & mind’s well-being with extraordinary services & unrivaled hospitality. 209 N. Montgomery Street www.thedayspa.com • (805) 640-1100

• (805) 654-8776 Ojai Herbal Symposium “Natural Resilience” Nov. 16-18, 2018 www.OjaiHerbalSymposium.org • (805) 890-9813

S AVING O JAI Ojai Valley Defense Fund Providing financial support to groups undertaking legal action to protect & sustain the environmental quality of the Valley for the public benefit info@ovdf.org www.ovdf.org • (805) 646-1200

New Day Massage Therapy Combination Special 90 min $65 Reflexology Massage 30 min $21 (full body or foot) Open 7 days a week Mon-Sun 10am - 10pm 1320 Maricopa Hwy, #A Ojai, Ca 93023 • (805) 833-1583

M EDITATION Krotona Institute of Theosophy Library & Research Center Metaphysical Bookshop School of Theosophy 2 Krotona Hill, Ojai info@krotonainstitute.org • (805) 646-1139


Business Directory Ojai Valley Automotive Fredâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tireman Monday-Friday: 8 am-5:30 pm Saturday: 8 am-4 pm 545 N. Ventura Ave. Oak View www.FredsTireMan.com â&#x20AC;¢ (805) 649-2830

Vicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Plumbing Supply, Inc.

Contractors Dana Steele Construction Ca. Lic. 711930 Bonded & Insured

1864 Goodyear Ave., Ventura M-F 8 am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 5:30 pm â&#x20AC;¢ Sat. & Sun. by appointment www.vicssupply.com â&#x20AC;¢ (805) 643-4565

Dana Steele Home Construction For quality residential building & repairs, please go to DanaSteeleConstruction.com and call Dana at â&#x20AC;¢ (805) 640-0685

Crafts

Everready Termite & Pest

Book Stores

Licensed â&#x20AC;¢ Bonded â&#x20AC;¢ Insured 155 &El Roblar Dr â&#x20AC;¢ Meiners Oaks www.ertpc.com â&#x20AC;¢ (805) 633-9266

Roxanneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Quilting â&#x20AC;¢ Knitting â&#x20AC;¢ Needlework â&#x20AC;¢ Arts and Gifts 919 Maple Ave. Carpinteria www.roxannequilts.com â&#x20AC;¢ (805) 566-1250

Barts Books An Ojai Tradition for 50 years 302 W. Matilija St. Ojai, CA â&#x20AC;¢ (805) 646-3755

Book Ends Bookstore & other curiosities Books, collectibles, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (closed Weds.) 110 S. Pueblo Ave. Meiners Oaks â&#x20AC;¢ (805) 640-9441

Kerry Miller General contractor, construction manager, consultant, 35 years exp. kerry@kerrymillerdesigns.com â&#x20AC;¢ (805) 640-0262

Festivals

Ojai Custom Painting dba Titus Painting Custom residential & commercial info@titus-painting.com Lic# 983959 â&#x20AC;¢ (805) 646-1373

Ojai Wine Festival 2nd Sunday in June Lake Casitas Recreation area OjaiWineFestival.com

Pacific Stoneworks

Boutiques

Fine Craftsmanship in Natural Stone Peking Street, Ventura, CA www.PacificStoneworks.net 31 â&#x20AC;¢ (805) 648-4098

Camouflage Affordable, Fun, Fashion We have all your affordable getaway gear. Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s & Juniors 1117 Maricopa Hwy. Ojai 93023 â&#x20AC;¢ (805) 640-1099

Genesis of Ojai Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s & childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s clothing 305 E. Matilija St. Suite B â&#x20AC;¢ (805) 640-0406

Financial Derby & Derby

Philâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Custom Painting Interior & Exterior Coatings We serve ALL of Ventura & Santa Barbara counties. Contact us for a free quote! www. Philscustompainting.com â&#x20AC;¢ (805) 746-0260

Investment services since 1979 Wealth management, retirement & estate planning 603 W. Ojai Ave. Suite C vicki@derbyandderby.com â&#x20AC;¢ (805) 646-3729

Domonique Grey CALL US TODAY TO GET YOUR PROJECT UNDERWAY! www. topgunojai.com â&#x20AC;¢ (805) 646-8209 â&#x20AC;¢ (805) 302-3460

Private mortgage banker buying or refinancing 202 E. Matilija Street domonique.a.gray@wellsfargo.com www.wfhm.com/domonique-gray â&#x20AC;¢ (805) 832-2950

Ventura Roofing

Heritage Financial

Top Gun Builders

Priscilla Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s clothing Hours 10 - 6 Mon - Sat and 10 - 5 Sunday 320 E. Ojai Ave. Ojai 93023 â&#x20AC;¢ (805) 646-9782

Roofing contractor lic. #440157 38 Years of roofing experience Lifelong Ojai resident â&#x20AC;¢ (805) 646-7663

Financing for all stages of life From first time homebuyers to reverse mortgages HeritageFinancialofojai.com â&#x20AC;¢ (805) 640-1717 OJAI VALLEY VISITORS GUIDE 157


Business Directory Ojai Valley Ojai Pool Store

Financial

Weekly pool care, new pool & spa building, re-plastering, coping, tile & de-scaling 510 W. El Roblar Dr. www.ojaipoolandsport.com • (805) 640-1288

Maryann Kelly Morgan Stanley Senior Vice President and Financial Advisor Estate planning maryann.kelly@morganstanley.com • (805) 494-0225

Decks By Dana.com Ca. Lic. 711930 Bonded & Insured

For The Home

Unique Outdoor Living Spaces Dana Steele Construction Decks • Trellises • Outdoor Kitchens, etc. www.decksbydana.com • (805) 640-0685

American Mattress Man Mon-fri 10am-7pm • sat. 10Am-6pm • sun. 12Pm-5pm www.myamericanmattress.com • (805) 653-2323

Health & Beauty

Chisum’s Floor Covering 118 Bryant St., Ojai, CA 93023 chisumsfloorcovering.com chisumsfloor@sbcglobal.net • (805) 646-2440

Your local home design center 3821 Santa Claus Ln. Carpinteria, CA 93013 www.coastsupplyco.com • 805-684-6565

Bryant Street Health and Fitness

406 Bryant Circle, Suite O, Ojai, CA 93023 vitalityfitnessojai.com • (805) 216-4331

We use current & updated technology for your eye care 216 E. Matilija St. www.OjaiEyes.com • (805) 646-2020

A independently owned Benjamin An Moore® paint store. Offering M e environmentally friendly paints. 227 2 Baldwin Road • (805) 646-0459

The Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy

Vitality Fitness

Ojai Eyes Frontier Paint F

Safe and Legal Access Secure access to holistic and organic alternatives to traditional medicines. • (805) 640-6464

Chinese massage releases stress, increases circulation and energy at affordable prices 1002 E. Ojai Ave, Suite B, Ojai www.bamboocreekspa.com • (805)299-5899

Located at the Lavender Inn Beauty thru health and wellness Therapeutic skin & body treatments 212 E. Matilija Street • (805) 798-3555

SoCal’s best kept secret California style furnishings 443 E. Main Street Ventura, CA www.fyhfurn.com • (805) 641-1919

Shangri La Care Cooperative

Bamboo Creek Spa

Mary Nelson Skincare and Massage Studio

For Your Home

Bringing quality healthcare to residents of the Ojai Valley 1306 Maricopa Hwy. www.cmhshealth.org/ovch • (805) 646-1401

960 E. Ojai Avenue www.medicineshoppe.com • Fax (805) 646-1759 • (805) 646-0106

Therapeutic yoga, therapeutic stretch, power yoga... 406-Q Bryant Circle www.BryantStGym.com • (805) 646-2233

Coast Supply

Ojai Valley Community Hospital

Horseback Riding Ojai Valley Trail Riding Co. 3.5 Miles from downtown Ojai Ojai City License #14950 Open all year! Call for reservations www.ojaitrailridingcompany.com • (805) 330-1466

Insurance

Closed Sundays C

Ojai Valley Athletic Club Kitchen Places Kitchen • Bath • Design • Remodel Established in 1993 • License # 764241 1500 Callens Road, Ventura, Ca 93003 kitchenplacesventura.com • (805) 658.0440 158 OJAI VALLEY VISITORS GUIDE

409 S. FOX ST. (805) 646-7213 OVAC.CACLUBS.COM

OWNED & OPERATED BY CALIFORNIA / / Ê 1 -ÊUÊ  1 -° "

Get a fresh start this spring and achieve your fitness goals. 409 S. Fox St. www.ovac.caclubs.com • (805) 646-7213

Lyndon Thomas Insurance Helping you plan for life’s big events. Licence #OD96309 Mon-Fri 8-6pm • (805) 646-6409 • (888) 495-8058 TTD/TTY


Business Directory Ojai Valley

Paul Achee

Lodging

Bestefits Insurance Solutions, LLC 402 West Ojai Ave., Suite 207 Ojai, CA 93023 • (805) 290-1620

Outdoor The Blue Iguana & Emerald Iguana Inns

Casitas Municipal Water District

2 superior locations and superior service www.blueiguanainn.com www.emeraldiguana.com • (805) 646-5277

Drought still on... But together we can conserve Lake Casitas 1055 Ventura AveOak View, Ca • (805) 649-2251

The Ojai Retreat & Inn

Landscaping

Lake Casitas Recreation Area

Hilltop getaway with 12 bedrooms. 5 acres, views, European-style breakfast. 160 Besant Road www.ojairetreat.org • (805) 646-2536

Green Goddess A landscape design, installation and maintenance company Holistic, regenerative gardens • (805) 640-1827

Museums

your community recreation des·ti·na·tion special events, camping, fishing, boating general information • (805) 649-2233

Performing Arts

Haney Landscaping, Pools & Spas

Chamber on the Mountain

513 Pleasant Ave. Ojai HaneyLandscape.com • (805) 640-8607

www.chamberonthemountain.com • (805) 646-9951

Santa Paula Art Museum 117 North Street, Santa Paula www.santapaulaartmuseum.org • (805) 525-5554

OYES

Lisa Phelps Landscape & Irrigation Voted best landscape contractor 11 years. www.LisaPhelpsLandscape.com • (805) 640-8474

Ojai Youth Entertainers studio Summer Camp & Performances www.oyes.org

Moving Coast Transfer & Storage

Mar Lawn & Landscape Great service, Beautiful La ndscapes

Call for your FREE Estimate •Office relocation •Local & long-distance moving •International moves •Short & long-term storage www.coasttransfer.com • 800-345-7144 • 805-642-7757

Great service, Beautiful Landscapes Call us for a quote • (805) 646-8425

Pets Humane Society of Ventura County 402 Bryant St. www.humanesocietyvc.org • (805) 646-6505

Nutrition Legal

Rainbow Bridge & Rainbow Warehouse

James Casey Law Firm James P. Casey, Esq. Criminal / Family James@JamesCaseyLaw.com www.JamesCaseyLaw.com • (805) 646-5997

Health emporium for people and pets 211 & 215 E. Matilija St. • store (805) 646-4017 • warehouse (805) 646-9200

Westridge Midtown Mkt.

JSG Law Group Julie S. Gerard Atty. at Law/Mediation 603 W. Ojai Ave. Suite F jsglawgroup.com • (805) 798-9165

Westridge Family Markets 2 Locations to serve you

Westridge Market Fine Foods 802 E. Ojai Ave. 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. • (805) 646-2762 Westridge Midtown Market 131 W. Ojai Ave. 7a.m - 9 p.m. • (805) 646-4082 -

Santa Paula Animal Rescue Center Visit The SPARC Second Chance Store. 374 E Main St Ventura, CA 93001 • (805) 648-8915

The Peaceful Pup Bringing peace (of mind) to pets and their people one visit at a time. Ojai Valley’s Pet Care Specialists We take your pet’s care seriously. wwwThePeacefulPup.com • (805) 646-PUPS (7877) OJAI VALLEY VISITORS GUIDE 159


Business Directory Ojai Valley

Private School Besant Hill School Besant Hill School of Happy Valley is a private, coeducational college preparatory boarding and day high school 8585 Ojai Santa Paula Rd. Ojai CA BesantHill.org/Discover • (805) 646-4343

Monica Ros School Pre-K - 3rd Grade • summer camp • toddler program 783 McNell Rd., Ojai CA 93023 www.monicaros.org • (805) 646-8184

Anne Williamson & Cassandra Van Kuelen Coldwell Banker Property Shoppe www.anneshomesinojai.com • (805) 320-3314 •(805) 798-1272

Previews property specialist Coldwell Banker Property Shoppe www.TheHoffGroup.com Kathy@KathyHoff.com • (805) 290-6907

Cathy Titus

Kristen Currier

Coldwell Banker Property Shoppe In the Real Estate Industry Since 1986 CathyTitusOjai@gmail.com • (805) 798-0960

Char & Jerry Michaels Sharon McClung Montessori School Infant through 8th grade programs - academic excellence 806 Baldwin Rd., Ojai CA 93023 www.montessorischoolofojai.org • (805) 649-2525

Oak Grove School Prepare for an extraordinary life. Founded by J. Krishnamurti in 1975. 220 W. Lomita Ave. Ojai CA 93023 www.oakgroveschool.com • (805) 646-8236

Kathy Hoff

Keller Williams Realty michaels@ojaihomes4sale.com www.ojaihomes4sale.com • Jerry (805) 620-2437 • Char (805) 620-2438 • Sharon (805) 637-4467

Previews property specialist Coldwell Banker Property Shoppe www.TheHoffGroup.com KristenCurrier@ColdwellBanker.com • (805) 798-3757

Larry Krough Liv / Sotheby’s International Realty 554 Main St. Ventura, CA 93001 lkrough@livsothebysrealty.com • (805)312-0512

Deckert/DePaola KW Properties rayandcheryl@kw.com • (805) 272-5221 Deckert mariadepaola@kw.com • (805) 689-9164 DePaola

Larry Wilde Coldwell Banker Property Shoppe 727 W. Ojai Avenue • (805) 646-7288

Ojai Valley School More than a quality education. 723 El Paseo Road, Ojai CA 93023 www.ovs.org • 1 (800) 433-4687

Villanova Preparatory School A Catholic, College Prep Boarding and Day School 12096 N. Ventura Avenue, Ojai CA 93023 www.villanovaprep.org • 1 (800) 646-1464

Dennis Guernsey Coldwell Banker Property Shoppe - broker/owner, state licensed appraiser & general contractor • (805) 798-1998

Deckert/DePaola KW Properties rayandcheryl@kw.com • (805) 272-5221 Deckert mariadepaola@kw.com • (805) 689-9164 DePaola

Nancy Kogevinas DRE #01209514 www. MontecitoProperties.com • (805) 450.6233

Nate Minkel Liv / Sotheby’s International Realty 554 Main St. Ventura, CA 93001 nminkel@livsothebysrealty.com • (805)794-9588

Real Estate Amanda Stanworth Calif. BRE: 01262333 Coldwell Banker Global Luxury amandazollver@hotmail.com www.Rooney-Stanworth.com • (805) 218-8117 160 OJAI VALLEY VISITORS GUIDE

Erik Wilde Broker/Assoc. Coldwell Banker Property Shoppe www.Wild-Wilde.com Email: erik@west.net • (805) 830-3254

Nora Davis The Davis Group Coldwell Banker Property Shoppe www.ojaivalleyestates.com • (805) 207-6177


Business Directory Ojai Valley Ojai Valley Real Estate

Ojai Valley Real Estate

Teresa Rooney

Sales / Property Management / Notary 221 E Matilija St., Ojai www.ojaivalleyrealestate.com • (805) 646-4911

Calif. BRE: 005599443 Coldwell Banker Global Luxury teresarooney@me.com www.Rooney-Stanworth.com • (805) 340-8928

Patty Waltcher

Tonya Peralta

Coldwell Banker Property Shoppe “Call me for all your real estate needs.” • (805) 640-1627 • (805) 340-3774

Riki Strandfeldt Coldwell Banker Property Shoppe From the Ojai Valley to the Ventura coastline: www.Riki4RealEstate.com • (805) 794-6474

Rosalie Zabilla Sotheby’s International Realty Fine Homes & Estates www.HomesByRosalie.com • (805) 455-3183

Sharon MaHarry Keller Williams Realty GRI, ABR, CDPE, assoc. broker Let me find your pink moment! www.sharonmaharry.com • (805) 766-7889

Vivienne Moody Coldwell Banker Property Shoppe For all your real estate needs... www.OjaiViv.com VMoody10@sbcglobal.net • (805) 798-1099

Storage Bryant Circle Mini Storage Voted “Best of Ojai 2017” Ask about our Blue Door Special 412 Bryant Circle • (805) 646-2354

Wine Tasting CFROG Join CFROG in protecting Ventura County - Local Action Local Impact CFROG is a 501c3 ED@CFROG.org www.CFROG.org

Ojai Valley Defense Fund Providing financial support to groups undertaking legal action to protect & sustain the environmental quality of the Valley for the public benefit info@ovdf.org www.ovdf.org • (805) 646-1200

Majestic Oak Vineyard Tasting room 321 East Ojai Ave (Downstairs) www.majesticoakvineyard.com • (805) 794-0272

Ojai Beverage Co. Wine, beer, spirits, tasting room 655 E. Ojai Ave. Ojai, CA. • (805) 646-1700

Old Creek Ranch Winery

LUX Coast Properties www.SherryStuckey.com • (805) 216-3700

Senior Living

Coldwell Banker Property Shoppe Your family man Realtor www.ojailuxuryrealestate.com • (805) 640-5563

We carry all your smoking needs: Fine cigars, vapes, E-cigs and vape juice, cigarettes, hookahs and shisha, smoking pipes and accessories 105 South Oak Street Suite 100 Ventura CA 93001

Saving Ojai

Sherry Stuckey

Stephen Adelman

Ventura House of Smokes

“The agent with appraisal experience” Keller Williams Realty OjaiTonya@yahoo.com • (805) 794-7458

Robby Hill A seamless transition into your next home. 2501 Hall Canyon Rd. Ventura, Ca 93001 Coldwell Banker Property Shoppe Robby@RealtorRobby.com www.RealtorRobby.com • (805) 850-9299

Smoke Shops

The Gables of Ojai 701 N. Montgomery Ojai, CA 93023 www.gablesofojai.com • (805) 646-1446

10024 Old Creek Road Ventura, CA 93001 winery@oldcreekranch.com events@oldcreekranch.com • (805)649-4132

Topa Mountain Winery Tasting room 821 W. Ojai Ave. www.topamountainwinery.com • (805) 640-1190

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•AA Relaxation Station......................126 •Ace Hardware ...................................92 •Agave Maria’s ..................................140 •Agora Foundation ..............................44 •Amanda Stanworth, REALTOR® .........45 •American Mattress.............................31 •Andrew Snett, Wells Fargo advisor.....54 •Anne Williamson, REALTOR® ..........101 •Bamboo Creek Spa ..........................108 •Bart’s Books .....................................125 •Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts .....86 •Besant Hill School ...........................115 •Blue Iguana & Emerald Iguana ..........23 •Boccali’s Restaurants .......................109 •Bonnie Lu’s .......................................76 •Book Ends Bookstore .........................91 •Bryant Circle Mini Storage ...............149 •Bryant Street Gym .............................86 ‹*HTV\ÅHNL .......................................22 •Casa Barranca Wine Tasting Room ....39 •Casitas Municipal Water District .......54 •Cathy Titus, REALTOR® ......................55 •Char Michaels, REALTOR®............18,19 •Chamber on the Mountain ..............136 •Cheryl Deckert, REALTOR®..............133 •Chisum’s Floor Covering......................5 •Citizens for Responsible Oil & Gas..144 •Coast Supply .....................................59 •Coast Transfer ....................................51 •Dana Steele Construction ...........90,147 •Day Spa of Ojai .................................89 •Dennis Guernsey,REALTOR® .............71 •Derby & Derby ................................104 •Domino’s Pizza ...............................117 •Domonique Gray, Wells Fargo .........127 •Erik Wilde, REALTOR® ......................6,7 •Everready Termite & Pest Control .......92 •For Your Home ..................................27 •Frameworks of Ojai ...........................61 •Fred’s Tireman .................................102 •Frontier Paint ...................................103 •Gem Quest........................................79 •Genesis of Ojai ...............................114 •Grass Roots Gallery .........................126 •Green Goddess Landscaping .............96 •Greg Rents ......................................145 •Hakane Sushi ..................................108 •Haney Landscaping ...........................65 •Heavenly Honey ...............................76 •Heritage Financial ...........................151 •Humane Society of Ventura Cnty .....120 •James Casey Law .............................116

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•Jerry Michaels, REALTOR® ............18,19 •Jes MaHarry Jewelry ..........................77 •Jim & Rob’s .......................................61 •JJ’s Sports Zone ................................102 •Jones & Company ............................146 •JSG Law Firm...................................104 •Kariella..............................................32 •Kathy Hoff, REALTOR® ......................81 •Kerry Miller .....................................131 •Kitchen Places ...................................34 •Krishnamurti Foundation .................112 •Kristen Currier, REALTOR® .................81 •Krotona Institute ................................84 •Lake Casitas Recreation Area ...........117 •Lark Ellen Farms ..............................145 •Larry Krough, REALTOR® ..............42,43 •Larry Wilde, REALTOR® ....................6,7 •Latitude Art Gallery ...........................28 •Lavender Inn ...................................126 •Lisa Phelps Landscaping ..................147 •Lyndon Thomas .................................98 •Majestic Oak Vineyard ....................141 •Makos Surf Camp ..............................30 •Mar Lawn & Landscape .....................52 •Martha Moran Ojai Rockstacker ......121 •Maria DePaola, REALTOR® ..............133 •Maryann Kelley, Morgan Stanley .......94 •McKay’s Painting ........................26,149 •Medicine Shoppe ............................113 •Mob Shop .........................................86 •Monica Ros School .........................130 •Montessori School ...........................153 •Nancy Kogevinas, REALTOR® ............67 •Nora Davis, REALTOR® ............118,119 •Nutmeg’s Ojai House ......................146 •Oak Grove School .............................94 •Ojai Beverage Company....................80 •Ojai Business Center .........................61 •Ojai Custom Paint Inc........................53 •Ojai Eyes .........................................124 •Ojai Film Festival...............................54 •Ojai Home Kitchen ...........................52 •Ojai Olive Oil Co. ...........................111 •Ojai Pizza .........................................73 •Ojai Pool Store ..................................93 •Ojai Retreat .......................................84 •Ojai Rotary West Wine Festival..........98 •Ojai Studio Artists..............................38 •Ojai Valley Athletic Club ...................10 •Ojai Valley Board of Realtors .............76 •Ojai Valley Community Hospital .......97 •Ojai Valley Library...........................147

•Ojai Valley Museum ........................145 •Ojai Valley Real Estate .......................63 •Ojai Valley School .............................85 •Ojai Valley Trail Riding Co. .............105 •Ojai Youth Entertainers Studio ...........73 •OVA Arts ...........................................78 ‹7HJPÄJ:[VUL^VYRZ...............................9 •Papa Lennon’s ...................................91 •Patty Waltcher, REALTOR® ....2, 3, 163,164 •Paul Achee ......................................115 •Phil’s Custom Painting .....................144 •Priscilla .............................................78 •Rainbow Bridge...............................129 •Ranch House Restaurant ...................99 •Ray Deckert, REALTOR® ..................133 •Riki Strandfeldt, REALTOR® ...............95 •Rosalie Zabilla, REALTOR® ..............137 •Roxanne’s ..........................................58 •Sakura Ojai .....................................128 •Santa Paula Animal Rescue................41 •Santa Paula Art Museum ....................41 •Sea Fresh Seafood..............................75 •Serendipity Toys ..............................114 •Shangri La Care Cooperative ...........110 •Sharon MaHarry, REALTOR®..............14 •Sharon McClung, REALTOR® ........18,19 •Soule Park Golf Course ....................116 •State Farm Insurance, Bob Daddi.....132 •Stephen Adelman, REALTOR® .........148 •Studio Channel Islands ....................140 •Susan Willis Ltd. ................................58 •Teresa Rooney, REALTOR® .................45 •Terramor............................................91 •The Gables ........................................88 •The Hut .............................................93 •The Nest ............................................15 •The Peaceful Pup ...............................80 •Tonya Peralta, REALTOR® ..................87 •Topa Mountain Winery ....................141 •Top Gun Builders ..............................65 •Ventura House of Smokes..................37 ‹=LU[\YH9VVÄUN ................................33 •Ventura County Museum ...................30 •Vic’s Plumbing ..................................29 •Villanova Preparatory School.............74 •Vitality Fitness .................................112 •Vivienne Moody, REALTOR® ..............95 •Watkins Ranch Butcher Shop ............92 •Westridge Market ..............................53 •Westridge Midtown Market .............105 •Wicked’s Brew ..................................32


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