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We are thrilled to present a holiday play for the whole family - ELF, THE MUSICAL, November 25th to December 18th

Buddy, a young orphan, mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. The would-be elf is raised, unaware that he is actually a human, until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. Elf, The Musical is a modern day holiday classic sure to make everyone embrace their inner elf. Directed by Gai Jones. Times are Friday & Saturday 7:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $10, $20, $25. Go to or call 805-640-8797.
AUDITIONS!!! Tuesday, November 1st and Wednesday November 2nd, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. BECKY’S NEW CAR.  Directed by Rosie Gordon and produced by Taylor Kasch. Plays January 27th  – February 18th. Please go to for more information.
The Jeff Sojka and Eilam Byle exhibit runs through November 30th.
JEFF SOJKA grew up sailing around the Channel islands, hiking in the sierra's, and surfing the central coast. Right out of high school he was awarded a scholarship to study in Germany, where he toured the great museums of Europe and started on his lifelong passion of art. At UC Santa Barbara, Sojka surfed nearly every day, intensifying his love affair with the relationship with light, water, sea, sand and shore, receiving a Bachelors of Art and earning a Masters degree from San Diego State University. After a short stint at an ad agency, Sojka decided he needed to be out in nature and to simply paint. He has been painting full time now for over a quarter of a century, displaying his work not only in Ojai, California, but also in galleries in Aspen, Colorado, Park City, Utah, and the islands of Hawaii. An astonishing array of collectors are enamored by his capacity to take iconic California landscapes and suffuse them with a lush luminosity that seems to glow from within. 
EILAM BYLE Wood Sculptor, Painter will be exhibiting in the showcases. “I think that my work  is very much influenced by the zen energy of this special valley, I have been using wood as a means of expressing my creative side for the last 35 years, but love to use glass, metal, canvas, and paint as well…and it all shows up in my work.”

Local Ojai Artist Jeff Sojka, and the Nordhoff High School LIVE Club have joined forces to create a day of art and adventure at The Ojai Art Center. On Sunday, November 13th, between Noon and 4:00 p.m., there will be over 50 paintings on display along with a silent auction to raise donations for their service based trip to Guatemala. LIVE stands for Leadership through International Volunteer Expeditions. This year the students will be going to Antigua, Guatemala to work on a construction and renovation project to improve the infrastructure. The focus will be on building and improving schools, homes, playgrounds, and bathroom facilities to create a safer and more functional environment for those living there. The students will also learn about Guatemalan culture and expand their global citizenship through interacting with the locals. Please consider stopping by The Ojai Art Center and donating to support Nordhoff LIVE Club and their trip to Guatemala.


COMING UP IN FEBRUARY... A CALL TO ARTISTS TO PARTICIPATE IN AN OPEN-THEMED, JURIED ART EXHIBIT.  We invite artists to bring work to the Art Center on Friday, February 3rd, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Open theme, all mediums and sizes (not to exceed 48”wide). Three dimensional work welcome. $15 per entry, $40 for 3. 

TO ALL PHOTOGRAPHERS – The Art Center Photography Branch is issuing a call to all photographers to participate in the annual photo exhibit in December. The theme this year is “Homes for the Holidays.” There are many forms of homes: houses, apartments, a van, a nest, a yurt, etc. The end of the year brings holidays from many faiths, beliefs, and cultures. The exhibit hopes to show a variety and mixture of the season. Take-in date is Friday, December 2nd, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Entry fees are $15 each or $40 for 3. Maximum of 3 per person. Please click here for a prospectus and further information or contact Stephen Adams at 805-205-4661 or
Special Events...
COMMUNITY CONTRA DANCE. Come on out to meet and dance with Your Ojai Valley neighbors at an old-fashioned contra dance—no partner or skills needed—a community event!. Featuring caller Frannie Marr & live music by the Casitas String Band. Sponsored by The Rotary Club of Ojai, The Ojai Valley Lions Club, Ojai Art Center, & Disabled American Veterans. Tickets $10.00 online or at the door. Saturday, November 19th, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. 
Classes & More...

Capoeira - 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. (Kids: 6 p.m. / Adults: 7 p.m.), Professor Agulha, 609-651-0127

Jazz Dance - 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., Kelly Carrol, 917-751-6530

Capoeira - 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.(Kids: 6 p.m. / Adults: 7 p.m.), Professor Agulha, 609-651-0127

Life Drawing -  9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Richard Franklin, 805-701-5246

Dance - 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., Isha Ferrez, 805-707-4443


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