Bridge to Nature Campaign Aims to Raise $250k

Goal: Raise $250,000 to ensure underserved public schools in Santa Barbara have nature based mentoring opportunities Bridge to Nature Immediately Receives $125,000 Match – Every dollar raised will be matched! Santa Barbara, CA: Wilderness Youth Project is proud to announce a community fundraising campaign to raise $250,000 to bring nature based mentoring opportunities to all […]

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Community Environmental Council Welcomes Laura Francis to Board of Directors; Michelle Weinman, Deborah Williams to Partnership Council

The Community Environmental Council (CEC) is pleased to announce the addition of a new member to its Board of Directors, which plays a vital role in the organization’s mission and leadership. The nonprofit is also welcoming two new members to its Partnership Council, a broad spectrum of community leaders who act as ambassadors to advocate, network, and […]

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The Lone Woman of San Nicolas Island, documentary based on the classic novel Island of the Blue Dolphins, to premiere at Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

Central Coasters are quite familiar with Scott O’Dell’s acclaimed novel, Island of the Blue Dolphins, based on the true story of a Native American woman, given the name Juana Maria, who was left alone on San Nicolas Island for 18 years during the 19th century. Local residents will now be given the first opportunity to […]

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Vandenberg Spouses’ Club Seeks Gowns to Grow Cinderella’s Closet

Donated gowns hang at the Santa Barbara Veterans Memorial Building, a drop-off site for the Cinderella’s Closet program. The Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Foundation is working in conjunction with the wives of Vandenberg Air Force Base servicemen to help women of the Vandenberg community feel like the belle of the ball, and Santa Barbara-area women can […]

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‘Santa Barbara History You Don’t Know – but Would Love to Ask!’ begins Sept. 19 at SBCC School of Extended Learning

SBCC School of Extended Learning instructor Erin Graffy Santa Barbara’s past is filled with quirky characters, great inventions and forgotten stories that would even surprise a local. Whether you were born on the South Coast or made it a permanent home after falling for the coastline, local historian and SBCC School of Extended Learning instructor […]

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Special Olympics Santa Barbara to Host Annual Fired Up for Special Olympics Fundraiser

Special Olympics Santa Barbara will host its annual Fired Up for Special Olympics Fundraiser on Saturday, October 21st from 5pm to 10pm at the Santa Barbara Carriage Museum. Every October, Santa Barbara City and County Firefighters come together to co-host the Fired Up for Special Olympics Fundraiser. No matter how bad the fire season or […]

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Santa Barbara County AmeriCorps Partnership for Veterans and People Experiencing Homelessness holds first annual graduation reception and makes a major announcement regarding new approaches to homelessness and supporting veterans.

“Home for Good Santa Barbara County,” an action plan with a vision of ending homelessness, was announced on Aug. 31 when the SBC AmeriCorps Partnership held its first Graduation Ceremony at the Hotel Corque in Solvang. Details were presented by Eddie Taylor of the United Way of Northern Santa Barbara County, who said, “The mission […]

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30th Annual Santa Barbara Artwalk returns to Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Campus

Art and history really are a natural pairing. Returning for its 30th year, the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History’s popular Artwalk is taking place at the Mission Creek campus on Saturday, September 23 and Sunday, September 24, and will showcase the works of award-winning local artists, as well as some younger, up-and-coming artists. The […]

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Free Admission for NPRN Members to Coastal Housing Partnership Home Buying Fair

Coastal Housing Partnership is hosting a Home Buying Fair designed to help local employees on their path to home ownership. Whether you are ready to buy a home, getting back into the market, or simply dreaming of owning a home, this event is for you! This is the first Home Buying Fair to be held […]

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Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History breaking ground on Centennial Campaign renovations

Elected officials and Museum supporters joined forces the morning of September 8th to break ground at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, officially marking the beginning of eight months of renovations to rejuvenate this local landmark. President & CEO Luke Swetland addressed the crowd and provided a history of the Centennial Campaign Project, before […]

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Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Welcomes Visitors for Annual AstroVaganza Celebration on Sept. 9

Astronomy enthusiasts of all ages were in for a treat that was out of this world as the 7th annual AstroVaganza celebration returned to the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History on Saturday, September 9th. Exciting space-related activities were set up across the Museum campus, as visitors got the opportunity to explore the makeup of […]

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PathPoint Celebrates CFO Patricia Enger’s 40th Anniversary

PathPoint celebrated the 40th work anniversary of Patricia Enger, Chief Financial Officer.  Patty joined PathPoint as a volunteer in 1977 after receiving a master’s degree in Social Work from California Polytechnic State University.  She moved on to working with participants with disabilities in achieving independence as a staff member, in a variety of roles including […]

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AFP Santa Barbara/Ventura Counties Chapter: Congratulations to our 2017 National Philanthropy Day honorees!

    National Philanthropy Day (NPD) acknowledges individuals and groups who, through their hard work and dedication, have enhanced philanthropy, their communities, and the world. The Santa Barbara/Ventura County chapter is pleased to acknowledge local philanthropic heroes.   Congratulations to our 2017 honorees!   Philanthropists of the Year Dorothy Largay – Santa Barbara County William […]

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September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance in Lompoc and Santa Barbara

The September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance established the inspiring tradition of engaging in charitable service on 9/11 as an annual and forward-looking tribute to the 9/11 victims, survivors, and those who rose up in service in response to the attacks. Santa Barbara Foodbank When: 9am-12pm food sorting & organizing Where: 4554 Hollister […]

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‘Back to School Drive’ Drops Off Back to School Items at Franklin Elementary

City National Bank donated backpacks filled with school supplies to Franklin Elementary students. Franklin Elementary School students grinned and giggled as City National Bank and United Way of Santa Barbara County (UWSBC) staff recently outfitted them with backpacks and classroom supplies to get them ready for the new school year. As part of City National […]

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Emerging Leaders 2018 Program

At Leading From Within, we have a passion for investing in nonprofit and other social sector leaders. The goal of the Emerging Leaders program is to empower, elevate, and connect the next generation of nonprofit leaders in Santa Barbara County. Emerging Leaders is a 10-month (one full day each month) program that assembles a select […]

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Fall for Natives at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

While you can buy plants year round at the Garden Nursery, the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden makes a much larger assortment of plants available at their Fall Native Plant Sale. The Fall Native Plant Sale opens to the public at noon on Saturday, Sept. 30 and runs through Sunday, Nov. 5.  The sale is open […]

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Girls Inc. Names The Home Depot and the Curie-osity Project Winners of the 6th Annual Strong, Smart, and Bold Awards

Girls Inc. has selected The Home Depot and the Curie-osity Project as recipients of the 6th Annual Strong, Smart, and Bold Awards. The awards will be presented at the upcoming 16th Annual Celebration Luncheon, on Thursday, September 28th at the Fess Parker Doubletree. The luncheon theme is The Power of One: the Role YOU Can […]

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Family Service Agency Elects Board Co-Presidents

Family Service Agency (FSA) of Santa Barbara County is pleased to announce Katya Armistead and Cole Kinney as co-presidents for the 2017-18 Board of Directors. FSA and Santa Maria Valley Youth & Family Center (SMVYFC) merged July 1 to form one countywide organization that will provide mental health counseling, basic needs assistance and case management […]

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Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Welcomes Visitors for Annual AstroVaganza Celebration on Sept. 9

Astronomy enthusiasts of all ages are in for a treat that’s out of this world as the 7th annual AstroVaganza celebration returns to the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History on Saturday, September 9th. Exciting space-related activities are scheduled throughout the day, as Museum visitors will get the opportunity to explore the makeup of comets, […]

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Heroes in our Community Celebrated at Heroes of Hospice of Santa Barbara Luncheon at the Four Seasons Biltmore, Coral Casino

  (From L to R) Legacy Award Honoree – Charles Zimmer; Volunteer Award honoree – Dream Foundation’s Flower Empower Program represented by Kisa Heyer, Chief Executive Officer and Valerie Banks, Flower Empower Coordinator; Partnership Award honoree – Ridley-Tree Cancer Center represented by Matthew Kunkel, MHA, Vice President of Oncology Services and Frederic C. Kass, JD, MPA, […]

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‘Round Up’ Your Purchases at Home Improvement Center to Support Hospice of Santa Barbara

Whether your latest renovation project involves giving your living space new flooring, plumbing facilities or just a simple paint job, your home improvement purchases can help benefit significant programs in your community. Through Sept. 10, shoppers can round up their purchases at the Santa Barbara Home Improvement Center to support Hospice of Santa Barbara. Since […]

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Peoples’ Self-Help Housing Begins Renovation of Los Robles Terrace Affordable Senior Apartment Complex

Peoples’ Self-Help Housing (PSHH) began renovation on Los Robles Terrace on Aug. 15. Site-wide improvements to the affordable senior housing complex include expansion of the community room, fencing replacement, landscape updates, new exterior paint and installation of a new roof.   Interior improvements of Los Robles Terrace will include new flooring, cabinetry, appliances, lighting and […]

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Peoples’ Self-Help Housing Summer Programs Help Local Schoolchildren Start the Year Strong

To help its resident families prepare for the upcoming school year, Peoples’ Self-Help Housing (PSHH) hosted a variety of fun and engaging activities for resident children over the summer, including nutrition, computer coding, STEM and other programs. “At PSHH, we not only assist community members to find affordable places to live, but to give families […]

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Coastal Housing Partnership Presents Home Buying Fair at Deckers Rotunda Sept. 19

Santa Barbara, Calif, August 29, 2017 – Local employees have the opportunity to get started on their path to home ownership on Tuesday, September 19. Nonprofit Coastal Housing Partnership is hosting a Home Buying Fair at the Deckers Rotunda, 6601 Hollister Avenue from 5 – 8 pm. This is the first Home Buying Fair to […]

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Save the Date for the 2017 National Philanthropy Day Tuesday, November 14, 2017!

  Save the Date: 2017 National Philanthropy Day Tuesday, November 14, 2017! Fess Parker Doubletree Resort, Santa Barbara   National Philanthropy Day acknowledges the entire spectrum of services provided by the nonprofit community and recognizes the profound impact that philanthropy has on the fabric of society. Each year, AFP chapters around the nation honor individuals and groups who, […]

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Dr. Susan Mazer Receives the Pritzlaff Conservation Award

The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2017 Honorable John C. Pritzlaff Conservation Award, Dr. Susan Mazer, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. The award will be presented at the Sixth Annual Santa Barbara Botanic Garden Conservation Symposium on Friday, Oct. 13 […]

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This Fall, Back-to-School Means Increased Career Potential for Local Professionals and Job-Seekers

Digital Badges earned through SBCC Career Skills Institute at the School of Extended Learning may be displayed on LinkedIn and other social media profiles. Fall Registration now open; more than 80 tuition-free courses provide in-demand skills in Business, Design and Technology This Fall, Back-to-School Means Increased Career Potential for Local Professionals and Job-Seekers MEDIA CONTACT: […]

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Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History breaking ground on Centennial Campaign renovations

Media Contacts: Andy Silverman/Chris Davis 805-687-3322 Museum remains open, active and dynamic throughout restoration period Santa Barbara, CA, August 23, 2017—After months of planning and designing, it’s time to start digging in. As the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History enters its second century of service to the community, it has a number of exciting […]

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Master the written word! Discover what it takes to get your fiction published and study short stories

Intriguing characters, a good story line and a compelling narrative voice are among the characteristics of effective, publishable fiction. With more than 30 years of experience at the executive editor level for a variety of publishers, SBCC School of Extended Learning Teacher Shelly Lowenkopf will go over these necessary elements and more in the tuition-free […]

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Express yourself! Learn to sing and play the recorder, study music of the ‘60s

Can’t help singing along with the radio during the morning commute or tapping along to the beat? Channel that energy into a new hobby by taking a tuition-free class at the SBCC School of Extended Learning focusing on music.   Older adult students will learn vocal techniques, song interpretation and performance technique to effectively perform […]

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SurfMedia Communications announces three new team members

SurfMedia Communications Welcomes New Account Executive, Andy Silverman Silverman has spent the last four and a half years in marketing roles at Montecito Bank & Trust, most recently serving as Marketing Supervisor. He focused primarily on public relations, advertising, social media and client insight, and helped established marketing strategy over the past few years. He […]

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Local stargazers view the solar eclipse at Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

Luke Swetland, President & CEO of the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History gets a glimpse of the solar eclipse with Jill Stassinos of Carpinteria and Dawn Dean of Eugene, Oregon.         Media Contacts: Andy Silverman/Chris Davis 805-687-3322 Santa Barbara, CA, August 21, 2017—A unique celestial event made an appearance to stargazers in the United States […]

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Union Bank Donation Brings ‘Tools for School’ to 350 Local Children in Need

2nd Story Associates and Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara host back-to-school event and announce new initiative   Ana Hernandez, left, and her daughter Maryjane Santiago pick out a backpack for the coming school year during Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara and 2ndStory Associates’ Tools for School event.     Santa […]

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Become Part of the Solution to Marine Pollution on Coastal Cleanup Day

Santa Barbara: Explore Ecology is proud to be part of the solution to marine pollution by coordinating Santa Barbara County’s Coastal Cleanup Day on Saturday, September 16th, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. “Coastal Cleanup Day is for anyone who loves the ocean. If you’ve ever walked along the beach, noticed trash lying on the shore and […]

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Caring Together Lompoc Asks Local Community to Complete Caregiving Survey

Lompoc, Calif., August 14, 2017 — One year ago, the Caring Together Lompoc campaign launched with the goal of helping family caregivers self-identify, and to raise awareness of the caregiver resources available in Lompoc. The campaign goals were driven by the 2015 Lompoc Caregiver Needs Assessment Survey, which was targeted to those caring for a […]

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Girls Inc. of Carpinteria to Honor Terry Hickey Banks at An Evening in Bloom

Girls Inc. of Carpinteria will host its largest annual fundraiser “An Evening in Bloom” on Saturday, September 23 from 5:30pm-10pm. This year’s gala will be held at Girls Inc.’s campus at 5315 Foothill Road in Carpinteria. The annual affair features a cocktail and hors d’oeuvres hour, red carpet photo reception, plated dinner, hosted bar, live […]

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SBC AmeriCorps Partnership Graduation Reception

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International Women’s Rights Activist and Author Lisa Shannon to Speak at Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara’s Celebration Luncheon on September 28th

Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara is proud to announce that Lisa Shannon, international human and women’s rights activist, author, and Co-founder and President of Everywoman Everywhere, will be the guest speaker at the 16th Annual Celebration Luncheon. The event, “The Power of One: The Role YOU Can Play to Educate and Empower Girls,” will […]

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Matt Powers in Santa Barbara August 12 10am to talk about his NEW Book Permaculrure Student 2

Matt will also be sharing and speaking about his recently published book The Permaculture Student 2, that is designed for students, teachers, families, and learners, as a year-long curriculum filled with projects, activities, and formulas combined into one easy-to-understand volume. With up-to-date information, the book provides a holistic and comprehensive exploration of the philosophy of […]

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Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History hosts a solar eclipse viewing party

Day will turn into night when a rare celestial event takes over the sky later this month. The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History invites families to “Experience the Eclipse,” a solar eclipse viewing on Monday, August 21. The event, which will be held at the Museum’s Palmer Observatory, starts at 9:00 a.m. and ends […]

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Launch a Business in One Semester at SBCC; Scheinfeld Center Enterprise Launch Course Now Enrolling

Santa Barbara, Calif., Aug. 4, 2017 – Anyone with a business idea can lay the groundwork for launching a business in a single semester through the Enterprise Launch course offered at the Santa Barbara City College Scheinfeld Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation.  Fall enrollments are now open, and offered to all SBCC students regardless of academic discipline.   “The […]

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Pre-Registration Opens for NAMI Southern Santa Barbara County’s Family-to-Family Education Program

SANTA BARBARA— August 7, 2017—As vacations wind down and back-to-school approaches, the new season around the corner marks a time of change and new beginnings. While Santa Barbara County residents are accustomed to seeing the leaves fall a little later in the autumn season, for a number of people September may also signify the opportunity […]

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403(b) Plan Operations – Explore the Essentials Seminar

Attention all Non-Profits:  Do you offer a 403(b) plan to your employees? Did you know that all 403(b) plans will need their plan documents updated within the next 18 months?  On September 26th, Barbara Klein will present a seminar reviewing operational secrets each employer must know to ensure their 403(b) plan is compliant with IRS […]

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PathPoint Announces New President and CEO Harry Bruell

PathPoint, a nonprofit organization serving the human services sector, announced the selection of Harry Bruell as its new President and Chief Executive Officer.  Harry begins his leadership role at PathPoint on August 1, 2017, succeeding Cynthia S. Burton who is retiring after 30 years of exceptional service. “The Board of Directors and I are very […]

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SBCC International Business Among First to be Recognized for Advancing Student Social Mobility & Economic Outcomes

SBCC students increase earnings after participating in International Business and Trade program   Santa Barbara, Calif., July 31, 2017 – Santa Barbara City College’s International Business program earned Strong Workforce Stars recognition in the Global Trade and Logistics sector for its International Business program because students who participated in the program boosted their earnings by an average […]

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Peoples’ Self-Help Housing to Establish Onsite Learning Centers at Two New Affordable Housing Projects with $60,000 Grant from the Women’s Fund of Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, Calif., July 24, 2017— Peoples’ Self-Help Housing (PSHH) will establish onsite learning centers at two of its new affordable housing projects with help from a recent $60,000 grant awarded by the Women’s Fund of Santa Barbara.   PSHH creates affordable housing, educational, health and self-sufficiency opportunities for San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura communities. […]

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Girls Inc. of Carpinteria Welcomes New Board Members

Girls Inc. of Carpinteria is pleased to welcome two new members to its Board of Trustees, John Franklin and Sharon Organista. A retired banker, John Franklin served as the manager of the Carpinteria branch of Montecito Bank & Trust for more than 20 years. Previously, he held positions as senior vice president, branch administrator, and […]

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Business Times Giving Guide

The Pacific Coast Business Times heading into production for their annual Giving Guide. The 2017-2018 edition will publish September 8th and free to all subscribers. This an all color, glossy cover, annual reference for the business community. Six years the Pacific Coast Business Times created the Giving Guide as a vehicle to help engage the […]

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United Way of Santa Barbara County Fun in the Sun Campers Pull for Olympic Glory

300+ Fun in the Sun Kids Competed in Team-Building Games at El Camino Elementary   United Way of Santa Barbara County President and CEO Steve Ortiz, in blue, joins campers for Tug of War at the Fun in the Sun annual Olympic games    Santa Barbara County, CA, July 26, 2017 More than 300 students from […]

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