October 2011

October 26, 2011

Happy Hallowgreen

Fact: pumpkins were once thought to remove freckles and cure snake bites

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Nov. 12 Herbs as Food, Meals as Medicine Workshop

Healthier eating is a goal everyone can agree on these days and if you’d like to learn more about including medicinal herbs into your diet you won’t want to miss our next culinary get-together "Herbs as Food, Meals as Medicine", Saturday, November 12 from 10: 00 a.m. to noon.

Nathan Kaehler, an herbalist, acupuncturist and the owner of the Ojai Herb & Acupuncture Clinic, will share ideas and recipes for including medicinal herbs in food and utilizing everyday foods as medicine. Nathan came to Ojai in 2001 and shares on his website www.ojaiherbs.com, “People here have a special appreciation for the healing power of plants and trees and the need to honor both tradition and science in medicine.”

Nathan will have tasting samples and provide handouts. The event is $20 for OVGC supporting members and $25 for non-members. Space is limited to 20 and attendees need to register by email at ojaiculinaryclub@gmail.com. Full details will be sent with your confirmation. For further information email ojaiculinaryclub@gmail.com or call (805) 669-8445.


October 7, 2011

Oct 15 - Ojai Day 2011, Ojai Valley Green Coalition Offering a Free Bike Valet Service

For this year’s annual Ojai Day on October 15, the Ojai Valley Green Coalition will once again offer attendees a free bike valet service. To reduce the number of cars descending on the downtown area as people arrive for the festivities, the OVGC will set up a bike check service at Ojai Avenue and Ventura Street on the ‘Go Green’ block. In offering the service, the Coalition hopes to encourage attendees to benefit the environment by pedaling to the event, rather than driving.

The great block party known as Ojai Day attracts more local participants than any other event in the year. The valet bike parking service will be like a coat check for bicycles: bicycle riders will be issued a claim check for their bikes, which will be guarded by Coalition members in a secure “bike corral.” This means that the bicycles—as well as accessories such as helmets—will be safe from damage or theft.

The Green Coalition is committed to encouraging more bicycle riding in Ojai. Each person who bicycles rather than driving to Ojai Day will have the satisfaction of knowing that he or she is reducing carbon emissions in the valley. Participants can also catch the Ojai Trolley for free rides to and from the Ojai Day celebration.

For more Ojai Day details visit www.ojaiday.com.



Oct. 19 - Harvest the Rain - How to Enrich Your Life by Seeing Every Storm as a Resource

You're invited to “Harvest the Rain - How to Enrich Your Life by Seeing Every Storm as a Resource”, a water saving talk and book signing with author and permaculture expert Nate Downey.

The presentation is 7 to 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 19 at the Chaparral Auditorium, 414 E. Ojai Ave. There is a $2 suggested donation at the door, but all are welcome. For additional information call 805-669-8445

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Oct 22 - Dark Skies & Starry Nights

8th grader, Erin Rush, requests your presence at “Dark Skies & Starry Nights” a free community event beginning at 5:45 p.m. Saturday, October 22 at Meditation Mount, 10340 Reeves Rd.

The program will begin with a screening of “The City Dark- a search for night on a planet that never sleeps” followed by a discussion with local and regional experts and star gazing led by representatives of the Santa Barbara Astronomical Unit. For additional information call 805-669-8445 or go to www.dark-starry.info.


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Oct 25th - What Is a Smart Meter? Come Join Us!

Smart Meters Update - 3-5-2012

Southern California customers have the option to Delay the installation of their new meter until the CPUC determines what an Opt-Out provision will be for Southern California Edison customers. However, EACH CUSTOMER must register on the Delay list by calling 1-800-810-2369 (English) or 1-800-477-4455 (Spanish).

Learn about Edison SmartConnect™
Southern California Edison will be installing smart meters in the Ventura area beginning February 23. To find out what this means for you click on the “learn more” link.
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For our purposes, smart meters measure attributes of electricity as delivered to consumers and transmit that information (i.e., usage) digitally to the utility company. The meters also are designed to transmit real-time information to the consumer. As further explained by the California Council of Science and Technology, smart meters replace traditional analog meters and meter readers with an automated process that is expected to reduce operating costs for utilities, and potentially costs for customers through the ability to personally manage your home’s energy consumption. That said, individuals and organizations have raised concerns about the accuracy, privacy, cybersecurity, and health issues of the meters.

Smart meters are scheduled to be installed in the Ojai Valley in 2012. The Coalition encourages our members to educate themselves on the technology and spread the word.

Southern California Edison representatives and community members will be presenting on smart meters at the -- October 25th -- Ojai City Council meeting.

Ojai Council meets at 7:30pm in Council Chambers at City Hall (401 S. Ventura Street).

If, after the council meeting, it is apparent a public forum would be of value, the Coalition is prepared to organize and host one in early 2012.

Please mark your calendar for the -- October 25th -- meeting. The Coalition continues to research the technology and concerns while supporting awareness and education to make up your own mind.


October E-News 2011

October E-News 2011

Check out the Ojai Valley Green Coalition's monthly E-news:

* Ojai Day, October 15th - OVGC to Offer Free Bike Valet Service

* Speaker Offers Ways to Increase Your Water Capacity, Decrease Your Water Bill

* Teen Hopes to Keep Ojai Seeing the Stars - Gives Legs to Proposed Ojai Light Ordinance

* Ojai Valley-Wide Discussion Update

* Successful 2011 Green Home & Building Tour

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Food News - October 2011

Find out what the Food Council has been up to:

* National Non-GMO Month

* Extra fruit or produce growing in your yard?

* FOOD FREEDOM - Support HR 1830

* Pumpkin Patch at the Faulkner Farm

* Farmer & the Cook in the Los Angeles Times

Read Food News Here...

October 4, 2011

Speaker Offers Ways to Increase Your Water Capacity, Decrease Your Water Bill

If you are one of the many that cringe at their monthly water bill and/ or want to create a more sustainable lifestyle, you won’t want to miss the Nate Downey presentation on harvesting rainwater – Wednesday, October 19, hosted by the Coalition. The talk and book signing will be from 7 to 9:00 p.m. at the Chaparral Auditorium, 414 E. Ojai Avenue.

Nate is part down-to-earth landscaper, hands-on scientist, and, dare we say, entertainer. Luckily for us, he said yes to a stop in Ojai on his way to larger speaking engagements in Santa Barbara and Los Angeles.

Nate’s aim with his latest book, “Harvest the Rain- How to Enrich Your Life by Seeing Every Storm as a Resource,” is to make doing the smart thing ecologically easy and a no-brainer for each and everyone out there. The book is filled with doable projects and ideas that can fit into anyone’s busy schedule, yes even in these days of trying to scrape together a living and, pardon the pun, stay afloat.

Nate shares information on everything from water-catchment techniques (created by digging, preparing soils and mulches, composting, cutting swales, and sowing and planting) to methods for converting an existing septic system into a “sludge-hammer”, a closed system method of converting sewage into useful greywater and eliminating expensive pumping.

Besides being thoroughly practical and enjoyable, his ideas are ranked according to time requirements, expense, and difficulty, and come with the highest of praise from major players in the sustainable and environmental movements.

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