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From legendary composers like Stravinsky, to edgier names like John Zorn, music will be flowing this week for what’s become a cutting edge event in the music world. The 73rd Ojai Music Festival begins on Thursday. It’s going to be a special one for Thomas Morris, because it’s his last as the festival’s Artistic Director.

(Ventura County Fire Department photo)

Investigators are trying to figure out what led to a fire which destroyed two vehicles, and threatened a home in Ventura County.

It happened just before noon Sunday in Ojai, on the 800 block of Canada Street.

Ventura County firefighters found a pickup truck and an SUV fully engulfed in flames, and threatening a nearby house.

A Ventura County musician who was impacted by the Thomas Fire is now giving back through music to help the community recover.

Singer-songwriter and longtime Ojai resident Ted Lennon recorded a song called “Eating Crow." It’s one of 20 songs by artists who have a connection to Ojai on a new album called Alchemy of Fire that was spearheaded by Lennon.

(Photo courtesy Don Albonico)

We do it every day, without thinking about it.  How was your weekend?  What happened at work?  We are all storytellers.

But, for the next two weeks, some master storytellers are coming to the South Coast for a series of events.  The Ojai Storytelling Festival is celebrating its 18th anniversary with events in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties.

A Ventura County community is now getting some big exposure on Broadway.

The new comedy “Meteor Shower,” is set in Ojai. It’s about the interaction of two couples at an Ojai home for a dinner and to watch a meteor shower.

The eyes of the tennis world are on Ventura County, with a more than century-old tennis tournament that’s featured everyone from Arthur Ashe, and Jimmy Connors to Billie Jean King underway.

More than 1400 players are taking part in the 116th annual Ojai Valley Tennis Tournament, in an event so big that even private tennis courts are used as tournament venues.

Seven people have been displaced by a fire at a Ventura County apartment complex.

The blaze was discovered just after 2 a.m. yesterday on the 500 block of Oak Street in Ojai. Ventura County firefighters arrived to find flames shooting from one of the units. They stopped the fire in about 15 minutes, but the damaged forced all of the residents of the complex out of their homes.

There’s no word on the cause of the fire. One person was treated at the scene for minor injuries.

There may finally be a break in an earthquake swarm that’s rattled Ventura County.

13 quakes occurred between just before midnight Friday, and early Sunday morning.

The biggest in the series was a magnitude 4.1 quake which happened at 12:42 Saturday morning. Most of the quakes were centered in an area about 10 miles northeast of Ojai, with the majority too small to be felt.

No one was hurt, and no damage has been reported.

More than a dozen earthquakes have rattled Ventura County. The wave of quakes started with a magnitude 3.3 temblor at 11:27 Friday night. It was centered 11 miles northeast of Ojai.

Then, a magnitude 4.1 quake struck in the same area at 12:40 Saturday morning. It was the largest in the series of quakes.

There’s a major change in leadership in one Ventura County city.  Ojai City Manager Robert Clark resigned on Tuesday, citing personal reasons.