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  • HELP of Ojai, Inc. May/June 2018 Neighbors HELPing Neighbors

    111 W. Santa Ana Street/P.O. Box 621/Ojai, CA 93024 (805) 646-5122/FAX 646-1748/

    Community Bulletin

    Happy Late Spring, Early Summer, I mentioned to Jody Brown (you know her for all her great work with Activities) that this really belongs in the interior under Senior Nutrition but since its such a personal hot button for me, I am putting it on the front page. As we enter one of our favorite food seasons, I wanted to take this time to draw attention to the wonderful foods we have available to us. I dont know about you but all the seasonal fruits and veggies this time of year just make me so happy. As a true foodie, there is nothing better than this time of year for me when I think about cooking, baking and eating. Most importantly, I wanted to point out those products you should eat as organic and those that are relatively OK to consume when conventionally grown. The really good news is much of the Dirty Dozen list can be obtained in an organic form at the Ojai Farmers Market and Westridge markets, turning them from harmful to healthful. You might find prices to be a bit higher, but if you purchase at the height of the season, the overabundance often lends itself to very reasonable prices. Cut out this list and keep it in your wallet for quick reference: The Dirty Dozen (those found with the most pesticide residue when tested):

    1. Strawberries, 2. Spinach, 3. Nectarines, 4. Apples, 5. Grapes, 6. Peaches, 7. Cherries, 8. Pears, 9. Tomatoes, 10. Celery, 11. Potatoes, 12. Sweet bell peppers, Plus: Hot peppers

    The Clean Fifteen (those that test the freest from pesticide residue):

    1. Avocados, 2. Sweet corn, 3. Pineapples, 4. Cabbages, 5. Onions, 6. Sweet peas, frozen, 7. Papayas, 8. Asparagus, 9. Mangoes, 10. Eggplants, 11. Honeydew melons, 12. Kiwis, 13. Cantaloupes, 14. Cauliflower, 15. Broccoli The next thing to think through is if these are harmful in their raw form, stands to reason that the canned/frozen and more processed varieties may be harmful as well. Tomato sauces, apple sauces, strawberry jam, raisins, etc., should also be consumed in their organic varieties. Every year these lists come out and they are consistent. Strawberries are almost always the worst! It means that the processes for how this dirty dozen are grown is an industry issue; not an individual grower practice problem. The only way that widescale change will happen in how our food is grown is if we talk with our dollars. This summer season, tell our farmers what we want and dont want by how we shop for our safe food. Enjoy the season and enjoy these wonderful foods in a manner that is healthful to people and the planet. Happy fresh fruit and veggie season.

    Terri Wolfe

    Executive Director

    A Word From Terri Wolfe, Executive Director

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    May/June Activities Update Little House, 111 W. Santa Ana Street, Ojai (805) 646-5122 HELP of Ojai offers activities to meet the interest and schedules of active seniors. Whether it is an activity for the brain; an activity for the body; or an activity that brings people together, we hope you find something to meet your wants and needs. Included below is a short description of the typical monthly activities. The days and times of the classes/activities are listed on the accompanying calendar. Unless specified, all classes are donation-based. Please notice the Activity Calendar is a two-month format. Please keep it through June when the next calendar will be published for July and August 2018.

    The appointment-necessary or series-based activities beginning at Little House for May/June are: AARP Smart Driving Refresher Course will be held on Monday May 14th, from 9:00am-1:00pm. Cost is $15 for AARP Members/$20 for non-AARP members. Make checks payable to AARP and give to your instructor. Register in advance, Little House 646-5122. DEEP Do you or someone you love have diabetes? Please join us for this free six-week class, starting April 24th-May 29th, from 2:00pm-4:00pm, designed to educate and empower individuals living with diabetes. Please call 646-5122 to register. Foot Care Nail Trimming & Leg Massage available on Tuesdays. Cost is $15. Please call 646-5122 for an appointment. Free Concert & Dance with The Ventura Jazz Trio featuring Candace Delbo Were partnering with the Ventura Music Festival and thrilled to host a free concert and dance on Friday, June 15th from 2:00pm-3:30pm. This piano-vocal-trombone trio will play songs from all eras including the Great American Songbook, 40s Swing, Latin and Contemporary. Please call 646-5122 to save your spot and get more information about this wonderful opportunity to enjoy the healing powers of music in your own neighborhood. Hearing Screening A free screening at Little House on Wednesday, May 16th, from 9:00am-11:00pm, includes a complimentary follow-up consultation by Hear Clear. Please call 646-5122 for an appointment. HICAP (Health Insurance Counseling & Advocacy Program) appointments are available on Tuesdays, from 8:15am-9:45am and Thursdays, from 11:00am-2:00pm. This program provides free and objective information and counseling about Medicare. Please call 646-5122 for an appointment. HICAP-One Stop (Health Insurance Counseling & Advocacy Program) on Thursday, May 10th from 1:00pm-2:00pm. Why it is important to understand Free Preventive Services; Maximizing Your Health Care Dollars; New Medicare Card Update will be the presentation topics. Drop-ins welcome. Please call 646-5122 for more information. OLLI with William Garlington & Jerry Clifford on May 4th-25th, from 10:00am-12:00pm. Dont run across the DMZ-Views of South Korea will be the subject matter. Please call 437-2748 or visit to register. Skin Cancer Check with Dr. Thacher will be held Tuesday, May 1st, 8:30am-9:45am. Please call 646-5122 for an appointment.

    The drop-in classes and activities held at Little House available in May/June are: Alignment for Dynamic Living meets Wed. at 1:30pm-2:30pm. Newcomers are requested to come at 1:00pm to learn the basics. These classes will teach you how to stand taller, walk stronger and promote better alignment in your body. Bring a yoga mat. Bridge Group meets Monday and Thursday from 9:00am-12:00pm. Chair Yoga meets Wednesdays from 11:00am-12:00pm. Designed for seniors with very limited mobility. Certified instruction. Creative Writing Group meets Thursdays from 10:00am-12:00pm. A self-guided group. Free Blood Pressure Screening takes place Wednesdays from 8:30am-10:30am. Facilitated by Lavonne Theriault. Guitar meets Thursdays, 1:00pm-2:00pm, for intermediate; 2:00pm-3:00pm, for beginners. Learn guitar in a supportive environment. Cost is $5.00 per class. Drop-ins welcome. Mah Jongg Group meets Mondays from 1:00pm-3:30pm. A self-guided, social group. Parkinsons Support Group meets Tuesday, May 8th & June 12th from 1:30pm-3:30pm. Occasional guest speakers. Qi Gong meets Wednesdays from 9:30am-10:30am and Thursdays from 6:00pm-7:00pm. Senior Dance Class with Janine Ames meets on the third Tuesday of each month. Please join us on May 15th & June 19th from 2:30pm-3:30pm for this new, fun, enlivening class, featuring various styles of dance. Individuals and couples at all levels welcome. Spanish at the intermediate level meets Mondays from 10:30am-12:00pm. The cost is $5.00 per class.

    Activities held at West Campus, 370 W. Baldwin Rd., Ojai (805) 649-9218 for May/June are: Adult Bereavement Support Group meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. The group meets from 10:30am-12:00pm in the Support Center Conference Room. Please join us on May 8th & 22nd and June 12th & 26th. The Caregiver's Haven Support Group now meets at the Gables of Ojai on the second and fourth Monday and first Tuesday of each month. Please join us on May 14th and June 11th & 25th from 10:00am-11:30am and May 1st & June 5th at 6:00pm. Please call Deirdre at 640-5717 for more information. Grey Law at West Campus on Wed., May 16th & June 20th from 9:00am-12:00pm. Please call 658-2266 for an appointment.

    Future classes to look for in July are: AARP Smart Driving Course will be held on Monday & Tuesday, July 9th & 10th, from 9:00am-1:00pm. Cost is $15 for AARP Members/$20 for non-AARP members. Make checks payable to AARP and give to your instructor. Register in advance at Little House 646-5122. Skin Cancer Check with Dr. Thacher will be held Tuesday, July 10th, 8:30am-9:45am. Please call 646-5122 for an appointment.

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    P R O G R A M U P D A T E S

    Senior Nutrition Program Lili Vazquez, Program Director

    370 W. Baldwin Rd., Ojai (805) 649-8018

    We love this time of year. The flowers are blooming, birds are singing, the bees are buzzing and lots of great vegetables are available. Butternut squash, spaghetti squash, green beans, cucumbers are all in abundance. Also, tomatoes are beginning to grow. There are so many different kinds and many ways to enjoy them. You can stuff them with shrimp or tuna. Prepare a tomato, purple onion and olive salad with a vinaigrette dressing. When the weather is too hot to cook, salads are great. The Thai cucumber salad below is easy and refreshing.

    Thai Cucumber Salad tablespoon sugar, cup rice wine vinegar, cup chopped cilantro, 3 large cucumbers peeled, halved and sliced, cup chopped peanuts, 1 jalapeno pepper seeded and chopped (adjust amount depending upon heat desired). Wisk first two ingredients add to cucumber and pepper. Season with a small amount of salt and black pepper. Just before serving sprinkle on the peanuts.

    Enjoy this weather. If you plan to be outside wear a hat, use sunblock and drink plenty of liquids, mainly water. If you do feel like going out to enjoy the day, come on over to the Senior Nutrition Program. We are located at 370 W. Baldwin Rd. and serve lunch at noon, Monday thru Friday. Home delivered meals are also available through our Senior Nutrition Program. To qualify for home delivered meals, you must be 60 years of age or older and be homebound because of disability and or isolation.

    The Senior Nutrition Program needs volunteer drivers to deliver meals. Please call Lili at 649-8018 if interested.

    West Campus Kerry Ballantine Bensen 370 W. Baldwin Rd., Ojai (805) 649-9218

    HELPs West Campus is open to the public Monday through Friday, from 84 and Saturday, from 93. The campus is closed to the public on Sundays. If you are interested in volunteering some of your time at West Campus, or have any general questions, please feel free to call Kerry Ballantine Bensen at 649-9218.

    HELP of Ojai Partners with The Ojai Recreation Department

    The Ojai Recreation Department seeks to enhance the physical and mental well-being of Ojai citizens by creating and offering a wide variety of accessible activities. With our range of programs, from art to fitness, there is something for everyone. Below is a list of some of our most popular adult/senior programs. For more options, such as Cooking, Dog Training, Fencing, and Zumba, visit our website at, stop by our office located at 510 Park Rd. (at Sarzotti Park) or call (805) 646-5581 x390.

    Tai Chi classes: Monday evening; 6:30 7:30pm and Saturday mornings 9:30 10:30am. $10 drop-in fee paid to instructor; 510 Park Road, Boyd Center

    Senior Fitness Classes: Tuesday and Thursday mornings 10:00 11:00am. $50 per month or $10 drop-in fee per class; 510 Park Road, Boyd Center

    Adult Pottery Classes: Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings 6:00 8:00pm, 6-week sessions, fee: $85 plus $25; materials fee- Nordhoff High School fine arts building; room H-3

    Adult Tennis drop-in classes; multiple times and days (see activity guide on website, $10 drop-in fee; Lower Libbey Tennis Courts

    Register today, online or in person at Sarzotti Park!

    Transportation Tina Rosas, Transportation Director (805) 646-7787

    It has been a wonderful first couple of months in transportation, getting to know the riders and volunteer drivers more each week. In the last few months we have signed up and transported 21 new riders!

    We are always recruiting for regular and substitute drivers, please call if youd like to join our team. ~ Tina

    Liz has been driving with HELP of Ojai for a little over nine years. I love to drive and I dont know where Id rather be than driving on a Monday morning.

    David has been driving with HELP of Ojai for 20 years. Every day in Ojai is a nice day to drive for HELP of Ojai.


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    2nd HELPings Thrift Store Naiomi Babcock 841 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai (805) 646-5812

    2nd HELPings Donation Center Tobias Minniear 370 W. Baldwin Road, Ojai (805) 649-8750

    2nd HELPings Thrift Store, 841 E. Ojai Avenue, Ojai, CA 93023. The phone number is (805) 646-5812. The store is open Monday Friday, 9:004:00, and Saturday, 10:004:00.

    2nd HELPings Donation Center, 370 Baldwin Road, Ojai, CA 93023. For information please call (805) 649-8750. Donation Center is open for drop-offs Wednesday Saturday, 9:003:00.

    2nd HELPings 1st Saturday Sale, 370 Baldwin Road, Ojai, CA 93023. Our next sale will be on Saturday, May 5th, and all proceeds will go to the Thomas Fire Relief Fund.

    Valley Outreach & Community Assistance Program Kesha Davis, Program Director

    (805) 640-3320 108 Fox St., Ojai 93023 Fax: (805) 640-3322

    HELPs Community Assistance Program provides the following services for low income families and individuals of all ages residing in the Ojai Valley: monthly food box from our food pantry, daily lunches for homeless clients (you must have become homeless in Ojai to qualify), donation-based notary services, medical assistance and advocacy (Medi-Cal, Social Security, ACE), prescription and eyeglass assistance, case management, and at times, rental assistance (one-time only) and referrals for other services.

    For questions about any of these programs please contact us at (805) 640-3320.

    Oak Tree House Adult Day Support Center Erin Miller, Program Coordinator (805) 646-0161

    Spring has officially sprung here at Oak Tree House. The combination of warmer temperatures and our amazing blooming garden (thank you, John Hall) has enabled us to spend more time outdoors taking in all that nature has to offer here. While taking in the sunshine, participants also enjoy identifying the abundance of wildlife scurrying around the garden. There is also an elusive cat who is getting to be ever more friendly and brave around us. Recently Oak Tree House participants had the pleasure of taking a f...


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