Applications for Summer SBC AmeriCorps Partnership for Veterans and People Experiencing Homelessness Now Being Accepted

Santa Barbara Summer AmeriCorps Opportunity! WHO Applicants must be 17 years or older, obtain a high school diploma or GED. Show proof of citizenship or lawful permanent residence. Pass a criminal background check. Ability to serve individuals with diverse economic, social, racial and cultural backgrounds. Have reliable transportation to service site. WHEN JUNE-AUGUST 31 2017 […]

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PathPoint Honors YMCA with Outstanding Partner Award

Santa Barbara, CA – PathPoint honored the YMCA’s Montecito & Santa Barbara branches with the Outstanding Community & Employer Partner awards at PathPoint’s 1st Thursday event in April 2017. PathPoint has awarded the YMCA’s Montecito Branch with the Employment Partnership award for their employment of PathPoint’s crew and individuals with disabilities for over ten years. […]

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Major New Study On Latinos And Diabetes Kicks Off In Santa Barbara County at William Sansum Diabetes Center

  Listen to the NPR story here: http://kclu.org/post/major-new-study-latinos-and-diabetes-kicks-santa-barbara-county#stream/0 KCLU’s Lance Orozco looks at the kickoff of a new Santa Barbara based study trying to determine the factors behind the high incidence of diabetes among Latinos Santa Barbara County is going to be home base for what researchers hope will be a groundbreaking new study on […]

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Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care Honors DASH with the Partners in Excellence Award

Santa Barbara, CA May 25, 2017- Following a longstanding annual tradition of collaboration, Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care is pleased to honor and recognize DASH as this year’s Community Partners in Excellence. Each year our staff and Board of Directors nominate partners in our community who work with us to provide high-quality patient care and […]

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27th Annual Horse Show & Tack Sale to Showcase Local Riders’ Equitation Skills

Hearts Therapeutic Equestrian Center will host its 27th Annual Student Horse Show & Tack Sale showcasing riders of all ages and capabilities on Saturday, June 3 from 9:00am to 4:00pm at their riding facilities, located at 4420 Calle Real in Santa Barbara. The fun-filled day will celebrate the organization’s student riders as they proudly demonstrate […]

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May 20: “Solarthon” Block Party Will Install Solar Power Systems on Six Peoples’ Self-Help Housing Homes in Atascadero

Atascadero, Calif., May 18, 2017 –  On Saturday, May 20, a group of volunteers, job trainees, community leaders, and residents will install no-cost rooftop solar panel systems on six homes of the Peoples’ Self Help Housing Atascadero Triangle neighborhood as part of the Solarthon Block Party.   These systems will save home owners more than […]

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Santa Barbara Botanic Garden Welcomes Flannery Hill as Marketing & Membership Manager

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden Welcomes Flannery Hill as Marketing & Membership Manager Santa Barbara, Calif. – The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is pleased to announce Flannery Hill as its new marketing and membership manager. Hill brings a background in public relations and nonprofit marketing management to the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden. “The Santa Barbara Botanic […]

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United Way of Santa Barbara County Hosts 94th Annual Awards Celebration on May 24

  MEDIA ADVISORY                                                       Media Contacts:  Angel Pacheco/Chris Davis 805-687-3322   United Way of Santa Barbara County Hosts 94th Annual Awards Celebration on May 24   Awards Honor Outstanding Efforts of Individuals and Organizations in the Santa Barbara Community   Santa Barbara County, CA, May 16, 2017: United Way of Santa Barbara County (UWSBC) will honor […]

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Hundreds of Hopeful Homebuyers Tour Nonprofit Coastal Housing Partnership’s Home Buyers Fair

  For Immediate Release         Media Contact:  Angel Pacheco/Juliana Minsky (805) 687-3322   Hundreds of Hopeful Homebuyers Tour Nonprofit Coastal Housing Partnership’s Home Buyers Fair   Two more fairs planned for organization’s 30th Anniversary year     From left, Coastal Housing Partnership Board Member Kelly Marsh, Broadview Mortgage; Board President Beth Sparkes, The Towbes Group; Executive […]

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Lawn Bowling for Dollars: United Way of SB County’s Young Leaders Society Raises Funds for Youth Book Program

Event proceeds benefit Dolly Parton Imagination Library, which provides children ages 0-5 with a book a month.     United Way of Santa Barbara County Young Leaders Society and community members came together for the United We Lawn Bowl fundraiser at the Santa Barbara Lawn Bowls Club. Photo credit: brittanymyles.com   South Coast, Calif, May […]

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Central Coast PSHH College Club Students Celebrate College Signing Day at River Townhomes in Guadalupe

College Club students at National Signing Day   Eight out of 23 high school graduates living at various Peoples’ Self-Help Housing affordable communities or attending PSHH College Club in northern Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo County came together on April 27 at River View Townhomes to celebrate their commitment to four-year private and public […]

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LOCAL CONTRACTORS RECOGNIZED FOR ENERGY EFFICIENT PROJECTS

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) – Four local contractors are being recognized for their dedication, professionalism and service assisting Central Coast residents in making energy-efficient upgrades to their homes. This year’s recipients of emPower Central Coast’s second annual Contractor Recognition Awards are Solarponics, CK Builders Inc., Halsell Builders and NRG Heating & Air Conditioning. “We are recognizing […]

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Student Entrepreneurs Win Start-up Support at SBCC Scheinfeld Center 7th Annual New Venture Challenge

(From left to right): Julie Henley, judge; Kathy Odell, judge; Silvia Franco, 2nd Place Collegiate Tier; Thomas Lundgard, 1st Place, Collegiate Tier; Julie Samson, Scheinfeld Center Director; Piper Lovegreen, 3rd Place Collegiate Tier; Cathy Feldman, Spirit of Entrepreneurship Foundation CEO; Scott Hamilton, judge Santa Barbara, Calif., May 9, 2017 – Apparel companies dominated the winning […]

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Young Writers Camp Announces New Grade Levels, Locations in 2017; Writing Opportunities Span from 1st-12th Grade

The Young Writers Camp – a nonprofit program of the South Coast Writing Project (SCWriP) at UCSB – announced plans to once again expand its reach in 2017 with several new and continued services, including: Our first ever grade 1-2 program at Franklin Elementary School in Santa Barbara, Grade 7-12 Playwriting Workshop and 7-9 Digital […]

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SBCC Career Skills Institute Helps Local Employees Get a Summer Jump on In-Demand Job Skills Summer Registration Now Open

Short courses and digital badges in business, design and technology offered tuition-free Santa Barbara, Calif., May 8, 2017—SBCC Career Skills Institute is gearing up for a summer full of opportunities for local employees and job-seekers to gain the skills to advance in today’s workplace. Twenty-five convenient, short courses in business, design and technology are offered […]

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Builders Circle Signifies Mark of Excellence for Peoples’ Self-Help Housing Partners

Santa Barbara, Calif., May 1, 2017— Peoples’ Self-Help Housing (PSHH) has created a category of recognition that distinguishes those partners who work alongside the nonprofit to ensure more affordable housing along the Central Coast. The Builders Circle is a prestigious group of contractors, designers and stakeholders who continue to invest in a shared vision long […]

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Community Environmental Council Launches Solarize Irvine; Spreads Group Purchasing Program to New Region

The Community Environmental Council (CEC), a Santa Barbara-based environmental nonprofit, has launched Solarize Irvine – a community-led group-purchasing program for residential solar electric systems that will run April 26 – July 19, 2017 throughout Irvine. CEC has been running Solarize programs for six years, though they are typically centered in cities closer to the nonprofit’s home. These programs have […]

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CEC Launches Solarize Santa Barbara County; Program Expands to North County

The Community Environmental Council (CEC) announced the launch of Solarize Santa Barbara County – a community-led, group-purchasing program for residential solar electric systems that will run throughout Santa Barbara County May 4 – July 30, 2017. Community and government leaders gathered Thursday to celebrate the launch of the program, which provides local homeowners the opportunity to go solar […]

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SBCC Center for Lifelong Learning to Host 10th Annual Nonviolent Communication Conference

SBCC Center for Lifelong Learning (the CLL) is offering  a workshop of special interest to Santa Barbara’s unique nonprofit and philanthropic community May 12-14 . The CLL will host the 10th Annual Nonviolent Communication (NVC) Conference at the Wake Campus Thornton Auditorium, 300 N. Turnpike Rd. 10th Annual Nonviolent Communication (NVC) Conference Friday, May 12, […]

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Nonprofit Coastal Housing Partnership Celebrates 30 Years Making Homeownership Possible for Local Employees

Wenda and her husband were raised in Goleta. After they married, they dreamed of raising their family here, but thought that owning a home would never be within reach. When she discovered Coastal Housing Partnership at her employer’s benefit fair, she was able to establish a path to home ownership. Furnished with resources and information, […]

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National Expert and Author to Present May 8 Mind & Supermind Lecture

  For Immediate Release                Media Contact: Angel Pacheco/Juliana Minsky (805) 687-3322   National Expert and Author to Present May 8 Mind & Supermind Lecture   SBCC Center for Lifelong Learning welcomes Richard Tarnas, Ph.D. to discuss Humanity’s Rite of Passage   Santa Barbara, Calif., April 28, 2017— SBCC Center for Lifelong Learning (the CLL) welcomes […]

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PathPoint Named Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara’s Community Partner of the Year

Santa Barbara, CA – The Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara honored PathPoint – Behavioral Health as their 2016 Community Partner of the Year. PathPoint began its partnership with the Housing Authority of the City Santa Barbara in 1980 as their mutual clients live in HUD subsidized housing while PathPoint provides in home […]

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Celebrate 130 Years of Service to Shelter Animals and the Community at May 7 Open House

For Immediate Release                            Press Contacts:  Angel Pacheco/Juliana Minsky, (805) 687-3322 Celebrate 130 Years of Service to Shelter Animals and the Community at May 7 Open House   Join the Party!  $5 Vaccinations, Magic Show, Face Painting, Adoptable Animals   It’s a Party! Four-legged and two-legged family members are invited to the Santa Barbara Humane Society’s […]

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Premier Mariachi Ensemble to Headline Girls Inc. Carpinteria’s Mariachi Encuentro Fundraiser

Girls Inc. of Carpinteria will celebrate Mother’s Day weekend with its ninth annual Mariachi Encuentro event, an evening filled with authentic Mexican food, music, and culture on Saturday, May 13th at the Girls Inc. of Carpinteria campus, 5315 Foothill Road. Guests will enjoy dinner and live entertainment, featuring Los Angeles-based Mariachi Garibaldi de Jaime Cuellar; […]

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Peoples’ Self-Help Housing Holds Lottery for 40 New Affordable Apartments in Santa Barbara

April 26 drawing held as construction of all-new Jardin de las Rosas complex nears completion (From left to right): Vianey Lopez, representing CA Assemblymember Monique Limón; John Fowler, PSHH President & CEO; Elijah Ettenger representing Congressman Salud Carbajal; Maribel Veronica, JDLR Applicant; Christina Pizzaro representing State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson; PSHH board members, Karol Schulkin and […]

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Hospice of Santa Barbara Applauds Prince Harry, Sheryl Sandberg, others for Sharing Their Stories of Loss and Grief

Santa Barbara, Calif., April 26, 2017—  Prince Harry was at the vulnerable age of 12 when he lost his beloved mother, Princess Diana, in a car accident.  Prince Harry recently admitted to “hiding his head in the sand,” refusing to allow himself to think of his mom.  He said that in his early 20’s, he […]

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Peoples’ Self-Help Housing Announces New Board Member Nick Tompkins

Santa Barbara, Calif., April 27, 2017— Peoples’ Self-Help Housing is excited to welcome Nick Tompkins as a new member to the Board of Directors.  Nick is a sixth generation Central Coast native, a Fresno State University graduate, and brings more than 38 years of entrepreneurial experience to the organization. “We are very excited to welcome […]

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Luncheon Remembers Veterans of The Great War in Honor of WWI 100th Anniversary

(Back row from left to right): Re-enactors from the Great War Historical Society – Philip Dye, Damian Stellabout, Fred McDowell, Ryan Doezie, Larry Dunn, Monty Van Shaw, John Harmon. (Front row from left to right): Mary Collier, Professor and Chair of French, Westmont College; James Villeneuve, Consul General of Canada; Henri Vantieghem, Consul General of […]

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Registration Now Open for Summer Classes & Workshops at SBCC Center for Lifelong Learning

“Summer school” takes on a whole new meaning for adults in Santa Barbara, with classes and workshops starting every week at the SBCC Center for Lifelong Learning (the CLL). This summer, the CLL is offering over 200 courses, including 20 all-new offerings, to help you discover your passion or learn a new skill. Summer classes […]

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April 28: Community Invited to SBCC Scheinfeld Center New Venture Challenge Business Plan and Pitch Competition

The Santa Barbara City College Scheinfeld Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation invites the community to join them at the 7th Annual New Venture Challenge business plan and pitch competition from 2-7 p.m. on Friday, April 28 at the Fe Bland Forum.  SBCC students and college and high school students from Santa Barbara County will be […]

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Highlights Announced for People’s Climate March

Coalition brings national movement to Santa Barbara, urging local action on climate change. SANTA BARBARA, CA, April 26, 2017 – Highlights have been announced for the People’s Climate March on Saturday, April 29 from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. at Santa Barbara City College’s La Playa Stadium, which is being organized by a Central Coast coalition led by the […]

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Rep. Carbajal Tours Affordable Housing with Housing Authority as Federal Cuts Loom

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                MEDIA CONTACT: Angel Pacheco/Juliana Minsky, (805) 687-3322 Rep. Carbajal Tours Affordable Housing with Housing Authority as Federal Cuts Loom Salud Carbajal, 24th District Representative, second from right, tours Artisan Court — housing for youth aging out of foster care, the formerly homeless and low-income downtown workers. He is joined by Housing […]

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Urban Yogis Teach Local Youth, Inspire Unity at Santa Barbara Courthouse Sunken Gardens

Dozens of community members and local youth participated in a unique yoga session on Tuesday, April 4 at the Santa Barbara Courthouse Sunken Gardens, led by peace activist Erica Ford and the Urban Yogis, a NYC-based group whose efforts are focused on conflict resolution and violence reduction among youth. The event, hosted by Girls Inc. […]

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Twenty Central Coast Student Residents to Celebrate College Signing Day at River Townhomes in Guadalupe

Guadalupe, Calif., April 21, 2017– At 6:30 pm on Thursday, April 27, 20 dedicated student residents living at various PSHH affordable communities will come together to celebrate committing to 4 year private and public colleges/universities and community colleges. In addition, 8 of those students will receive $2,000 scholarships at the event, funded through donations, grants […]

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Volunteers Needed for Peoples’ Self-Help Housing Santa Maria Community Impact Survey

Santa Maria, Calif., April 10, 2017—Peoples’ Self-Help Housing (PSHH) is seeking volunteers to help facilitate the organization’s Santa Maria Community Impact Measurement Survey. The volunteer team will survey Santa Maria residents near Blosser Road from 3 – 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 6 and from 4 – 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 9. Survey results […]

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Hospice of Santa Barbara Supports Emotional Health of Local First Responders, Care Professionals

Santa Barbara, Calif., April 18, 2017—  No one is more exposed to the brutality and sadness of death and dying than first responders and other care professionals whose daily work involves the sick, dying and bereaved. The repeated exposure to trauma combined with a culture of avoiding conversations about death can take a toll, which is where […]

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emPower Joining Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival April 22-23

emPower Central Coast will be handing out water bottles, providing home energy efficiency tips and offering information on incentives for making home upgrades at the Community Services Department’s Energy and Sustainability Initiatives booth during the 2017 Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival April 22 and 23 in Alameda Park. The booth will be located in the […]

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Help local non-profits

The City of Santa Barbara is recruiting new members for the Community Development and Human Services Committee (CDHSC). This committee advises the City Council on how CDBG and Human Service grant funds should be allocated. Vacancies are in the following categories: Downtown Neighborhood Eastside Neighborhood Lower Westside Neighborhood Business Community/Economic Development Applicants must live or […]

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Jarice Butterfield, PhD Joins UCP WORK, Inc.’s Board of Directors

UCP WORK, Inc. welcomes Jarice Butterfield as a new board member. Jarice Butterfield, PhD, CBIS has Master’s degrees in Special Education/Education Therapy and in Educational Leadership and Organizations, and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Organizations with an emphasis in Special Education and School Psychology. Additionally, Jarice is a licensed brain injury and language development […]

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6TH ANNUAL 5K WALK FOR MENTAL WELLNESS AIMS TO STOMP OUT STIGMA

SANTA BARBARA – April 13, 2017 — The Mental Wellness Center will kick off Mental Health Month in May with its 6th Annual 5K Walk for Mental Wellness on Friday, May 5th at East Beach Bathhouse. All community members are invited to join the nonprofit’s efforts to change the perception of mental health by stomping […]

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Leadership Diversity Demographics of Local Social Sector to be shared at 2017 Partnership for Excellence Conference

For Immediate Release April 6, 2017 Media Contact: Riley Hubbell 805-440-8631 riley@loacom.com Leadership Diversity Demographics of Local Social Sector to be shared at 2017 Partnership for Excellence Conference Conference to Explore the Substantial Benefits of Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity Santa Barbara, CA – On Thursday, April 13 The Foundation Roundtable will convene 500 individuals committed […]

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Story of Local Doughboy Will Come to Life at April 12 WWI Luncheon Hosted by Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Foundation and Channel City Club

The account of John Thomas Hall – one of at least 61 men from Santa Barbara County who died during World War I – will be retold on April 12 at a unique remembrance in honor of the centennial of The Great War. “Over There – WWI 100 Years On” hosted by the Pierre Claeyssens […]

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Hundreds of Central Coast Students and Educators Participate in Global Entrepreneurship Summit

More than 200 students, teachers, career counselors, and administrators from regional high schools met at the Hotel Corque in Solvang on March 17 for the 2017 Global Entrepreneurship Summit hosted by the Santa Barbara City College (SBCC) Scheinfeld Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation and the South Central Center for International Trade Development under the Doing […]

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April 12 Luncheon to Remember World War I Centennial

From 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 12 the Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Foundation (PCVF) and the Channel City Club will host a luncheon and present a unique remembrance in honor of the centennial of World War I – “Over There – WWI 100 Years On.” Guests will hear stories from German, French, British, […]

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Current and Former Fighter Pilots Meet for Luncheon at Birnam Wood Golf Club

Seventeen pilots, current and former, came together at Birnam Wood Golf Club for a luncheon in February to bond over stories of flying and catch up on the latest in military and aviation. Coordinated by the Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Foundation, the luncheons have been occurring several times a year for more than five years. Most […]

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Domestic Violence Solutions for Santa Barbara County Announces Expansion of Santa Maria Emergency Shelter

SANTA MARIA, Calif. Mar. 28, 2017– Domestic Violence Solutions (DVS) for Santa Barbara County is pleased to announce the expansion of its Santa Maria Emergency Shelter operations. After careful consideration of community needs and in order to improve its services to the community, DVS will be expanding its emergency shelter. Over the past four years […]

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PathPoint’s President and CEO, Cynthia Burton, Announces Retirement after 30 Years with PathPoint

Santa Barbara, CA – PathPoint President and CEO, Cynthia Burton, has announced that she will retire this summer after 30 years with the organization, 23 of those years leading PathPoint as CEO. Cynthia Burton began at PathPoint in 1987, and became president and CEO in 1994. “It’s been a privilege to work for an organization […]

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EXTREMIS – FREE Film Screening to Address End of Life Choices

Santa Barbara, CA March 28, 2017- Between love and fear, between science and faith, lies the ultimate choice. Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care hosts a special screening of the Academy Award–nominated,  short documentary EXTREMIS, and then choose your own Q&A breakout session led by experts from Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care. The event will take place Wednesday, […]

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Local Teens Practice Lawmaking in Sacramento as Lompoc Family YMCA Youth & Government Delegates

From left, Lompoc Family YMCA Youth & Government member Enrique Rocha and Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson   Lompoc, Calif., March 22, 2017 – The Channel Islands YMCA Youth & Government delegation joined more than 3,000 youth from throughout California for the 69th Model Legislature & Court held Feb. 16-19 at the Sacramento Convention Center and State […]

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Registration Open for SBCC Scheinfeld Center New Venture Challenge – Pitch Your Business Idea and Win Awards

Business plan and pitch competition open to Santa Barbara County college and high school students The Santa Barbara City College Scheinfeld Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation is accepting applications for the 7th Annual New Venture Challenge business plan and pitch competition.  The event is open to SBCC students and all college and high school students […]

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