April 2012

April 24, 2012

April 28 Canceled. Next and Final Workday until Fall - Saturday, May 12

Ojai Valley Green Coalition is spearheading volunteer recruitment for current creek restoration work in Libbey Park, Ojai being led by the C.R.E.W. Please join us for our next work day: Saturday, May 12, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. We will be removing invasive non-native plants and reestablishing native habitat.

A hat is highly recommended, as are long pants and closed-toed shoes or boots. The Coalition will provide work gloves, tools, water and snacks, but feel free to bring along your own gloves and digging tools.

Parking is available at the lower Libbey parking lot off of South Montgomery Street. To check in follow the signs to the work site near the old jailhouse building in lower Libbey Park (between the bike path and the park’s lower tennis courts). Those under the age of 18 will need a liability release waiver signed by a parent or guardian. For more information or for waivers please contact david@ojaivalleygreencoalition.com or call (805) 669-8445.

April 20, 2012

April 21 - EarthPlay, EarthDay

Saturday, April 21, 2012
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The day will include local school involvement, environmental exhibits, arts and outdoor activities for all ages, live entertainment, world foods and more. Everything takes place under the trees on the Oak Grove School campus, 220 W. Lomita Avenue, Ojai.

Buy a $10 Raffle Ticket and Support the Coalition -->

Ticket Purchase Options

Also Available --> at the Resource Center 327 E. Ojai Ave.
12-5pm Wednesday thru Friday

This year, the grand prize is an Apple Computer package valued at $5,000, or $4,000 in cash. Additional prizes include four gift baskets valued at $500 each.

Congratulations to Lisa Wallmark - the winner of the Early Bird Raffle Drawing. Her family won four tickets to Disneyland and $100 in Disneybucks.

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April 23 - Ecotourism Conference a Success! Next Steps Planning Meeting – April 23

The Ojai Forum on the New Economy II: Ecotourism on April 14 and 15 had over 50 attendees, including Ventura County Supervisor Steve Bennett and California Assemblyman Das Williams, who both gave their strong encouragement.

Attendees and panelists present enjoyed a wide ranging discussion exploring the opportunities, issues, and potential for ecotourism in Ojai as a way to move our community towards sustainability: environmentally, economically and socially.

• Environmentally: by both preserving our precious natural heritage - our clean air and water, our oak trees, open spaces, agriculture and habitat - and by creating a model green and sustainable community for others to visit and gain inspiration and education.
• Economically: by creating a stronger local economy with more and higher paid Ojai-based green jobs for all ages.
• And socially: by creating more resiliency, operating from principles that value community, relationships, equity, culture, service to others and our environment, inclusiveness, and our spiritual heritage.

The Ojai Valley Green Coalition is serving as the umbrella organization for this effort. We will be posting a summary and presentations from the conference soon. For information on the follow-up meeting planned for April 23 go to www.ojaiforum.com.

April 4, 2012

Conference to Explore Ecotourism’s Potential for the Ojai Valley’s Environment, Economy and Community

With a reputation as Shangri-La, a noted commitment to its natural and cultural resources, and a long history as a sanctuary for spiritual and physical rejuvenation, Ojai seems perfectly poised to join in the growing global trend of Ecotourism. On Saturday and Sunday, April 14 and 15, an interactive forum will be held to explore the possibilities of bringing together the Ojai Valley’s unique assets for an Ecotourism initiative, with the goal of creating a plan of action.

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