Fall 2019 Open House at Ojai Raptor Center on Sunday, November 3rd

Ojai Raptor Center (ORC) is hosting its Fall 2019 Open House on Sunday, November 3rd, offering the public a rare and close up view of raptors including hawks, eagle, vultures, falcons and owls.  There will also be a silent auction, Chumash stories, children's activities and more.

Normally, ORC is closed to the public year-round because of the sensitive nature of wildlife in rehabilitation, but for the Fall Open House, ORC will open its doors to the public from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. to allow the public to tour the center and the largest flight aviary in California. 
 
The Ojai Raptor Center is located at 370 Baldwin Road, Ojai. Admission is $5 per person, with children under 10 free. NOTE: PRE-SALE TICKETS ONLY THIS YEAR; TICKETS WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR. AVAILABLE AT THE WEBSITE BELOW STARTING SEPT 23RD.

Snacks and refreshments will be available for purchase. All proceeds will benefit Ojai Raptor Center. This is a dog-free event.  For more information, visit www.ojairaptorcenter.org or call (805)649-6884.
 
About Ojai Raptor Center
Ojai Raptor Center is a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization, is dedicated to the rehabilitation and release of birds of prey and other wildlife and to providing educational programs to teach communities about wildlife and our shared environment. This facility takes in an average of 1,000 animals a year, specializing in raptors, with a release rate of 65%. ORC provides permanent sanctuary to some of the non-releasable raptors who go on to become education ambassadors in the Wildlife Education Program.

2019 October Classic 5K & 10K Events in Ojai on Saturday, October 26th

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The October Classic 5K and 10K Walk/Run will take place on Saturday, October 26, 2019 at Ojai Valley Community Hospital, 1306 Maricopa Hwy. Proceeds benefit the Hospital.

Pre-register for the event by visiting www.octoberclassic.org. Or register the morning of the event beginning at 7 a.m. 5K/10K races start at 8 am; wheelchair races and walk at 9 am. Wear your Halloween costume!

Event also features the Paws for a Cause canine walk. Bring your favorite 4 legged friend out to Walk N' Wag along with our annual October Classic Event. There will be a prize for the best dressed Pooch, so if they enjoy dressing up, please encourage them to! The first 50 pre-registered doggies will receive Event Bandanas!

26th Annual Ojai Day Event Planned for Saturday, October 19, 2019

Ojai Day is an annual downtown street fair from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, October 19, 2019, hosted by the Recreation Department but it’s not your ordinary street fair – it’s a cultural explosion bursting with art, food, spiritual incantations, multi-ethnic celebrations and good old fashion fun and games. Ojai Day offers a little something for everyone and tops it off with Ojai’s unique character.

Over 100 vendors, local original art and jewelry, dance performances, great food, kids' activities, crafts demonstrations, health, wellness and spiritual demonstrations and much more. The Lions Club Beer and Wine Garden will be open too.

The event was originally conceived in 1917, took a hiatus in the 1920’s and has been back with a vengeance since 1993. It’s grown tremendously and has become one of the most popular events in Ojai. The event itself celebrates life, culture and the arts.

Ojai Day was first celebrated in the 1920's after glass magnate Edward Libbey offered to finance the construction of the downtown Arcade, present day Libbey Park and the post office with its 65-foot bell tower. Ojai's most prominent citizens decided to host a city wide celebration to show their appreciation to Libbey. Thus, Ojai Day was born.

The name Ojai comes from the Chumash language and means “The Moon” or “Bird’s Nest.”

Admission and parking are FREE! Visit www.ojaiday.com for more information.

Ojai Concert Series - Celtic, Folk and Roots Music

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The Ojai Concert Series is dedicated to bringing high quality live Celtic, Folk and Roots musicians to beautiful Ojai. Please join us, and help support community culture and the continuation of heart-felt live performances! Gates open at 5pm. Opening act at 6pm. Main act at 7pm.

Upcoming Events:

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For more information and to buy tickets via PayPal, visit www.ojaiconcertseries.com or call 805.665.8852.

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During the warmer months concerts are at our home, the “Dancing Oak Ranch,” nestled in a quiet and beautiful canyon 3/4 of a mile off HWY 150 halfway between Carpinteria and Lake Casitas at 4585 Casitas Pass Road, Ventura. These shows are preceded by an optional potluck picnic, so if you can come early, bring a dish to share (B-Y-O-B) and join us for a picnic with friends and the musicians. You should also bring a low back deck chair, a blanket and a jacket plus bring a small flashlight to help find your vehicle after the show. There will usually be a bonfire and you can also bring friendly, well behaved dogs on a leash.

2019 Ojai 4th of July Celebration and Fireworks

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Ojai 4th of July Celebration and fireworks show will take place on Thursday, July 4, 2019 at Nordhoff High School Stadium, 1401 Maricopa Highway, starting at 6 pm (gates open at 5:30 pm). Fireworks will begin at 9:15 pm. Presale tickets for the nighttime event are available at www.4thofjulyinojai.com. $10 adults, $5 for kids, $25 family pass.

Free concert on Wednesday, July 3, 2019, 6 pm at Libbey Bowl featuring the Ojai Band. Apple Pie Contest at 6:30pm.

Other 4th of July Events:

4th of July Parade at 10am (2019 theme “Celebrating our Heritage”)

Youth Freedom Run at 8:45am in front of the Ojai Post Office.

Also on July 4th is a pancake breakfast at Chaparral Auditorium from 7-10am at 414 East Ojai Avenue. Cost is $7 per adult and $5 for kids.

Ojai Food Truck Fridays - First Friday of Each Month

Food Truck Friday the first Friday of each month from 5-9pm at Mira Monte Elementary School 1216 Loma Dr., Ojai. Free admission. www.facebook.com/ojaifoodtruckfriday

Cinco de Mayo Celebration at our next Food Truck Friday on Friday, May 3rd.There will be Mariachis, Tonali Aztec Dancers, Bingo (with lots of prizes), Face Painting, Book Fair, great food, and tons of fun!

Truck line-up is Gios Tacos & Burritos, Fernandos Churros, Grilled Cheese Truck, RiceBalls of Fire, Elotes and Mr. Softee Ice-cream.

There will also be a book fair (pre-K thru pre-teen books) that will be open during Food Truck Friday. All books are 50% OFF! It is the perfect time to stock up on some books for summer reading. Prices start at $.50 each.

May 3: Food Trucks: 5:00-8:00pm, Mariachis: 6:00-6:30pm, Tonalli Aztec Dancers: 6:30pm, Face Painting: 5:00-7:00pm, Bingo: 7:00-8:30pm

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16th Annual Ojai Valley Lavender Festival Planned for Saturday, June 29, 2019

The 2019 Ojai Valley Lavender Festival in Downtown Ojai

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The Ojai Valley Lavender Festival is hosting its 16th annual event on Saturday, June 29, 2019 from 10am-5pm.  Each year the festival takes place at Libbey Park, in the heart of historic downtown Ojai.

Sip on lavender infused lemonade as you meander the tree lined aisles of artisan wares; over 100 vendors on hand. From essential oils and lotions, to plants, art and jewelry, to delectable gourmet treats, informative classes and hands-on demonstrations – there is something for everyone at the must attend event of the summer! Relax and enjoy a picnic while listening to the soft sounds of festival musicians. Or dine at one of Ojai’s heralded eateries featuring lavender infused specially items. Come for the day or stay a while and enjoy local art galleries, shops and boutiques that are uniquely Ojai.

For up to date information on the festival, visit www.ojaivalleylavenderfestival.org

2019 Ojai Valley Century Bike Ride on Saturday, June 1st

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The 2019 Ojai Valley Century bike ride on Saturday, June 1st has five scenic routes: metric century (63 miles), full century (101 miles), double metric century (134 miles), hammerhead century (102 miles) and half metric century (31 miles).

All routes include tours out of Ojai, past Casitas Lake and up over the double Casitas Pass, a fast ride down the other side into Carpinteria and back down the coast to Ventura. Post race BBQ included! More information at www.ojaivalleycentury.org.