Awesome Actors

Awesome Actors

By Misty Hall

I’m not proposing a new TV show (though it would totally kill); I’m speaking factually. There’s just a lot of talent around here. Artists, musicians, actors, we have them all in droves. Whether it’s our proximity to Los Angeles or the spiritual energy vortex I’ve heard exists here, or something else, we’re blessed to live in a place where the arts are alive and more than kicking.

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Go Modern Boho at Kariella

Go Modern Boho at Kariella

By Misty Hall

Amara Bessa has always loved fashion. Growing up in Ojai, she cultivated a love of clothing that reflected her hometown: modern, bohemian, and flawlessly Californian. That’s how she stocks her three clothing boutiques which she named Kariella, after her daughter. “It’s always going to be stuff on-trend, but not trendy,” she says. “It’s still sophisticated and timeless.”

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The Girls Empowerment Workshop

The Girls Empowerment Workshop

By Misty Hall

Can we all just stop for a minute and remember how hard it was to be a teenager? Changing bodies, social issues, doing well in school, emotions, and OMG hormones — it was a lot. And in the last couple of decades, it’s only gotten harder on teens. We know this anecdotally and scientifically; according to the National Institute of Mental Health, almost 40 percent of kids 13 to 18 have had an anxiety disorder. In 2017, their studies found 3 million kids ages 12 to 17 had at least one major depressive episode in the last year alone. And the CDC lists suicide as the second leading cause of death for people ages 10 to 34.

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Ojai Music and Wine Festivals

Ojai Music and Wine Festivals

By Misty Hall

The second weekend in June might just be the best Ojai has to offer. It’s all about culture and community in some of the valley’s best venues: the Ojai Music Festival at Libbey Bowl, and the Ojai Wine Festival at Lake Casitas. Sure, you’ll have a blast at both; but you’ll also be contributing to organizations that directly benefit residents throughout the year with programs for kids (and adults, too). So open your ears, and a bottle or two, and soak up these late spring events. We promise the traffic will be worth it.

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Ojai Valley Museum exhibits our surprising ties to cowboy culture

Ojai Valley Museum exhibits our surprising ties to cowboy culture

By Misty Hall

I grew up not really knowing most street names in Ojai. You either went through town, or “the back way.” I couldn’t have told you the streets in the Arbolada, but before I was 10, I knew that if you hung a left at that little triangle junction and then a right by the cemetery, you could shave three whole minutes off your trip to Meiners Oaks. Once I finally started noticing street names (probably around the time I got my license), I began to wonder who they were named after. Some of them I knew — like Libbey, and Thacher. But what about Tico, and Arnaz, and Santa Ana?

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