Upcoming Events


Is Legal Cannabis Good for Ojai?

Sunday, July 28, 2019
3:00-5:00PM – Matilija Auditorium
703 El Paseo Road in Ojai

$20 pre-sale, $25 at the door. Click here to get your tickets.


The legal history of cannabis in the United States began with state-level prohibition in the early 20th century, with the first major federal limitations occurring in 1937. Starting with Oregon in 1973, individual states began to liberalize cannabis laws through decriminalization. In 1996, California became the first state to legalize medical cannabis, sparking a trend that spread to a majority of states by 2016. In 2012, Colorado and Washington became the first states to legalize cannabis for recreational use. Now that this development has been in place for some time, what outcomes have been quantified, and what benefits have been construed?

a) Has there been any change in traffic accident rates?
b) Has there been any change in crime rates?
c) Has there been any change in reduced pain medication use?
d) Has there been any change in hospitalization rates?
e) Has there been any change in adolescent cannabis use?
f) Have there been tax benefits for cities and states?
g) Has legalization changed the black market trade?

We look forward to exploring this complicated and divisive issue with a  panel of experts as they discuss these and other questions of legal cannabis. Panelists include:

David Bearman, MD – Medical Director of Zona Seca
Ryan Blatz – Ojai City Council
James Fryhoff – Chief of Police
Daniel Hicks – Manager, Ventura County Behavioral Health
Chelsea Sutula – CEO of Sespe Creek Collective




Ojai Chautauqua Panel Series on Education –
What is Education For?

Sunday, August 25, 2019
3:00-5:00PM – Matilija Auditorium
703 El Paseo Road in Ojai

$20 pre-sale, $25 at the door. Click here to get your tickets.


We all know that education of our young is vitally important, and we hold varying opinions about how successfully we think our schools are fulfilling this priority. But when we ask What is the goal of education?, we see deep and profound differences in beliefs. Are schools in the business of job training, character formation, civic preparation, socialization, or all of the above? Is education only for the young, or does the need extend to the adult population as well? Further, there is wide disagreement on what the best modes of education are. The options of public and private schools, home schooling, self-directed learning, outdoor education, and project-based learning curriculums are just a few of the choices parents have to make. Finally, how best can we evaluate the effectiveness of our schools when we disagree about what the aims of the schools should be?

This ongoing series on Education in the Ojai Valley will explores these questions, with experts presenting the many sides of these complicated issues in the spirit of informed, civil discourse. We invite you to join us on Sunday, August 25th as we set our course by asking:

What is Education For?

Future topics in the series will address standardized testing, charter schools, funding, class sizes, community involvement, and more. Panelists will be announced soon. $20 pre-sale and $25 at the door