Ojai Chautauqua — a big idea in a small town

Ojai Chautauqua — a big idea in a small town

By Misty Hall

It might be hard to spell, but the Ojai Chautauqua is a very easy sell.

Run by the local nonprofit Agora Foundation, the Ojai Chautauqua hosts panels of experts to tackle some of the most important and controversial topics facing us today. Immigration, fracking, Ojai tourism, water rights, the 2016 presidential election … you get the picture. Chautauqua events bring together experts from academia, politics, media, and the public and private sectors to enlighten and inform audiences through civilized discussions.

Is it possible that this tiny little valley 90 minutes north of L.A. is ground zero for the very thing that could save our country? More and more, I kinda think it is.

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Proximity

Proximity

{{OR, In the middle of nowhere,   In the middle of it all}}

By Misty Hall

Ojai has long been nicknamed Shangri-La. And it’s no wonder, with its beautiful surroundings and relaxed vibe. People vacation here to get away from it all, to escape from the chaos of the city.

But even though Ojai is a small community, it’s actually pretty close to just about everything you could ever want to do — whether that’s Rodeo Drive or rural drives, Big Sur or Little China.

That’s why, this week, we’re talking proximity. Here are some of my favorite day-trips (by foot, bike, and by car) that you can take right from your doorstep in the Ojai Valley.

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Picture Perfect Parks Logan Hall

Picture Perfect Parks

By Misty Hall

Screen-time has basically become our new national pastime. These days, so many (too many?) social interactions and activities require only our eyeballs and a pair of thumbs to swipe, mash buttons, and change the channel.

I’m as guilty as the next person, but sometimes, I long for the days when there was nothing better than going to the park. Whether I was climbing the rocket ship at Soule, watching my dad play softball at Sarzotti, or laying in the grass at Daly, a lot of my happiest memories took place in an Ojai Valley park.

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What Makes a City Really Special?

What Makes a City Really Special?

By Misty Hall

What makes a city truly special? Is it the rich culture, the sights, the history, the people? If you’re in Ojai, the answer is: all of the above. But none moreso than the people. Sure, Ojai has a vibrant arts, culture, and music scene. And yes, our history is deep, diverse, and well-documented. It goes without saying that our surroundings, both natural and man-made, are equal parts charming and awe-inspiring.

But it is the people of the Ojai Valley — the people who honor, celebrate, preserve and protect each of these components — that make this place much more than a pretty little tourist town.

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