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Ojai Lavender Festival Celebrates 10th Anniversary

June 28, 2013


June 28--Decade of purple delight

Ojai Lavender Festival

Here are 10 things to love about the Ojai Lavender Festival as it celebrates its 10th anniversary Saturday (with some additional activities Sunday):

1. Everything smells really, really good.

2. Purple is pretty.

3. Admission is free.

4. Vendors galore will be selling not just lavender stuff (plants, skin care items, etc.) but jewelry, food, art and more.

5. You can add sound to your scent with live music. The lineup includes Natalie Gelman, The Restless Hillfillies, Lynn Mullins Pick-up Band and Taylor Borsuk.

6. You'll learn. Speaker programs Saturday include "Natural Perfumery with Essential Oils," "Edible Landscapes" and "Experience Hydrosol Mists."

7. You'll learn more. Lavender-related classes and workshops (for a fee) will take place on "Lavender Sunday" at various Ojai venues, including "Using Essential Oils for Natural Perfumery," 1:30 p.m. at Healing in America ($130); "Healthy Cooking with Lavender," 1 p.m. at Lavender Inn ($65); "Australian Natives in Your Garden," 9:30 a.m. at Australian Native Plants Nursery ($25); and plein-air art class with Patty Van Dyke, 9:30 a.m. at Frog Creek Farm ($25).

8. You'll help others learn. The festival's David Mason Scholarship Fund offers financial aid to Ojai Valley residents involved in educational programs related to agriculture and/or the benefits of lavender.

9. Do you really need a reason to visit Ojai?

10. See No. 1.

Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Libbey Park in downtown Ojai. Times and places for workshops on "Lavender Sunday" vary.

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Ventura County

For Fourth of July events, see cover story on Page 16.

Music and Martial Arts Festival: The event will feature demonstrations of Kung-Fu, aikido, ninjutsu and other martial arts; an appearance by aikido expert Larry Reynosa; an autograph-signing session by professional boxer Crystal Morales; and live music by Anthony Crawford (noon), Rey Fresco (1:45 p.m.), Nik Kai (3:30 p.m.) and Lion I's (5:15 p.m.). 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 29, Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura. $15 advance, $20 at the door general admission; free for children 12 and younger with a paying adult.

Ventura City Hall Centennial Celebration: As part of its monthlong series of events commemorating the 100th anniversary of City Hall, Ventura will host activities at the site during the downtown Fourth of July Street Fair, including historical exhibits and guided tours that focus on City Hall's art, architecture, history and ghosts. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 4, 501 Poli St., Ventura. Free.

One Love Festival: The second annual family-friendly festival offers live music, yoga and body movement classes, workshops, kirtan (chanting), breath work and more. 4:30-9 p.m. July 5, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. July 6, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 7, Libbey Bowl, 210 S. Signal St., Ojai. Ticket passes: $25-$126.

Summerfest All Breed Dog Show: The show features competitions for all breeds, plus vendors. July 5-7, Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura. 685-4642;

Down South

Anime Expo: The Japanese animation festival features exclusive screenings, cosplay, artists' panels, live concerts, karaoke and video game competitions, and more than 300 vendors. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 4-6, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 7, Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles. $25-$70. 714-937-2994;

Special Screenings

Ventura County

"Fresh": HopeDance Films will screen this documentary about U.S. farmers, thinkers and business people who are "reinventing our food system." 7 p.m. June 28, with a potluck at 6 p.m. and a post-film discussion at 8:15 p.m., Ojai Valley Grange, 381 Cruzero St., Ojai. $5. 762-4848;

"OT: Our Town": The Ojai Film Society continues its Sunday screening series with this 2002 documentary about a Los Angeles inner-city production of Thornton Wilder's play "Our Town." Filmmaker Scott Hamilton Kennedy will attend a post-film Q-and-A. Not rated. 4:30 p.m. June 30, Ojai Playhouse, 145 E. Ojai Ave. $10 general admission, $7 seniors and students. 646-8946;

"The Sapphires": The Oxnard Film Society continues its Monday Night Foreign Film Series with this 2012 Australian dramatic comedy about four Australian Aboriginal girls from a remote mission who form a girl group that entertains the U.S. troops in Vietnam in 1968. Rated PG-13. 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. July 1, Plaza Cinemas 14, 255 W. Fifth St., Oxnard. $9.75 general admission, $6.25 seniors. 798-0830;

"Runaway Train": The Ventura Film Society will screen this 1985 American thriller, starring Jon Voight, Eric Roberts and Rebecca De Mornay, about a ruthless bank robber who escapes from prison and, after a freezing cross-country trek, ends up on a speeding train with no brakes and no driver. 7:15 p.m. July 2, 420 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura. $10 general admission, $7 seniors and students. 628-2299;

Up North

"Vertigo": Santa Barbara kicks off its free "Alfred Hitchcock Nights" summer cinema series with this 1958 film about a retired San Francisco police detective who becomes obsessed with a woman he is investigating. 7:30 p.m. July 3, 8:30 p.m. July 5, Santa Barbara County Courthouse Sunken Garden, 1100 Anacapa St., Santa Barbara. 893-3535;


Ventura County

Around the World with the Reptile Family: This interactive presentation for kids in preschool through grade five, part of the Moorpark Library's summer reading club, offers a chance to touch and see snakes, lizards and other reptiles. 3 p.m. July 1, Apricot Room in the community center next to the library, 799 Moorpark Ave., Moorpark. Free.

Monday Morning Walk: Join the Sespe Group of the Sierra Club for a beach and lighthouse walk. Meet at 9 a.m. July 1 in Port Hueneme at the corner of Park Avenue and Bard Road. For directions or information, call Pat Jump at 643-0270.

Dance Clubs

Ventura County

Poinsettia Ballroom Dancers: The group holds a weekly dance with ballroom and Latin music. 7:30-10 p.m. Mondays, Poinsettia Pavilion, 3451 Foothill Road, Ventura. $10 general admission, $8 members. 290-0321;

Country Lovers Western Dance Club: The club holds a weekly dance lesson and party. 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Ventura Moose Family Center, 10269 Telephone Road. $5 general admission, $3 members, free for kids younger than 13. 456-9067;

Oxnard Ballroom Dance Club: The club holds a weekly dance party featuring live Latin and swing music. 7:30-10 p.m. Thursdays, Oxnard Performing Arts Center, 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard. $9 general admission, $8 members. 484-3432 or 642-3924.


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