2022 Peace of Mind: 10,000 Steps in the Right Direction

Alma Rosa Winery is continuing its commitment to mental health-related causes with its third annual Peace of Mind: 10,000 Steps in the Right Direction fundraising walk on Saturday, July 23, 2022. Funds raised from this event will support community services, research and treatment for anxiety and depression through two beneficiaries, Mental Wellness Center in Santa Barbara and One Mind. This year the 10,000-step walk (approximately 4.5 miles) will take place at Alma Rosa’s 628-acre estate, located north of Santa Barbara near the town of Buellton, Calif. To sign up, donate or start a fundraising campaign for the upcoming event, visit the link below for more information: https://runsignup.com/Race/Events/CA/Buellton/PeaceofMind10000StepsintheRightDirection

To read more about Alma Rosa and for further information about the event, click here: https://almarosawinery.com/about/community-commitment/

MLKSB Virtual 2022 Celebration Plays on TVSB June 17 through 20, 2022  

The Martin Luther King Jr. Committee of Santa Barbara is delighted to announce its’ all-new 2022 MLK Celebration Program is ready to be seen! Dr. King’s messages of peace and brotherhood are so timely today. This is an all-local production created by and for the Santa Barbara community.

2022 theme is from Dr. King’s letter dated 1963, Birmingham, Alabama: “We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, ties in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects us all.” The event is unified by his words. Words that still resonate today. This is all new footage. Program is anchored by Keynote speaker: Guy R. Walker. Thanks to Marian Dance, Lanzandria “Lan” Richey, Aleena Ortiz and John L Douglas; Michelle Williams and Camron Williams; Essay and Poetry top students’ awardees; local officials; World Dance for Humanity and Santa Barbara Community Choir. Showing the Virtual version on the Juneteenth weekend had the synchronicity the committee desired. June 19 is the actual Juneteenth day. MLKSB Committee is very grateful to TVSB for its help with producing the 2022 show. Please consider donating to the MLKSB Committee to keep these programs and outreach in place in our community.

Calling All Wheelchair Users!

Explore and Experience Freedom Trax at Gaviota Beach

On Sunday, June 12, from noon to 4pm, NatureTrack will be at Gaviota State Park to introduce those who use wheelchairs to the Freedom Trax devices at no cost! Get up close to the waters’ edge, navigate the beach under your own control.
NatureTrack will have several Freedom Trax devices available for wheelchair users to use on a first-come, first-served basis. We do ask for RSVPs to be able to accommodate people in wheelchairs. (See below for the link). This apparatus can quickly and easily convert a manual wheelchair into a battery-powered, all-terrain vehicle allowing those users to traverse beach sand and trails independently. As one wheelchair user, Gustavo said as he zoomed past us on the beach “It’s Fan-Tas-Tic!”
There is no cost to use the Freedom Trax, courtesy of NatureTrack, which will also have two manual wheelchairs available for transfer should your wheelchair not fit on the device. NatureTrack connecting people to nature, every day. Learn more about our Field Trips here: https://naturetrack.org/field-trips/
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6.12.22 from noon to 4pm at Gaviota State Park, about 33 miles West of Santa Barbara on the 101 at 18000 CA-1 S, Goleta, CA 93117
Meet in the Parking lot — Look for the pop-up banner and the NatureTrack vans.
RSVP: (805) 886-2047 or e-mail (below)

PLEASE NOTE: If you do not hear from NatureTrack within 48-hours of your reservation, email: [email protected] or call us.

NatureTrack is a 501(c)3 non-profit that provides outdoor docent-led field trips during the usual school day for Santa Barbara County children at no cost to the schools or students, utilizing local trails and beaches throughout north and south county. NatureTrack’s mission is two-fold: to encourage students to embrace our natural world with respect and wonder, inspiring them to be stewards of our natural resources, and prepare school-aged students with the attitudes, leadership skills, and habits for lifelong learning. Founded in 2011, more than 25,000 students have had a chance to experience a NatureTrack docent-led outdoor field trip.
Recently NatureTrack expanded its’ mission of connecting kids to nature and is now connecting people who use wheelchairs of all ages to get out into nature using Freedom Trax. This device quickly changes a manual wheelchair into a battery powered, all-terrain vehicle which can easily traverse sand and trails. Now NatureTrack docents, students, and teachers who use a wheelchair can join classes on nature trips using Trax. https://naturetrack.org. Monthly trips for wheelchair users are planned. We invite you to get in touch to find out when and where you can take advantage of this experiential gift. NatureTrack is expanding its’ reach up to San Luis Obispo and down to Ventura County with the Trax program. Thanks go to the grantors that made the Trax program possible include: UCSB’s Coastal Fund, California State Coastal Conservancy, Parks California ‘Route to Parks’ grant.

Unite to Light presents: Open Call for Artists

Calling all artists! This October 6-8, artists and art lovers, and the Santa Barbara community will gather to celebrate the power of light at Unite to Light the Night; Art Exhibition & Fundraiser at the Community Arts Workshop. The event will raise awareness about the 1 billion people around the world who live without electricity. The basis of the exhibition is evoking the power of light, which can lift people out of darkness with just a little solar lamp! We invite you to submit a concept for a creative work that evokes this theme and showcases light not only as an essential aspect of life, but also as a creative medium. All visual media are welcome (light installations, lightmapping, sculptures, paintings, photography, and mixed media). Apply by July 1, 2022.

The Accessible Outdoors Screening at SLO Film Fest

NatureTrack’s Documentary
“The Accessible Outdoors”
Chosen for SLO Film Festival Program
April 26 – May 1, 2022

“We’re thrilled beyond belief to have our film screen so close to the home base of NatureTrack in Los Olivos,” enthused the Golden Cage filmmaking team Mitchka Saberi and Francisco Lopez along with Sue Eisaguirre who founded NatureTrack. Sue was the protagonist to getting the film rolling. The Accessible Outdoors (TAO) got the nod it was accepted as part of the 28th SLO Film Festival and will screen In-Person on Thursday, April 27 at the Downtown Center Cinemas at noon. Playing with TAO in person are The Journey and Someone Will Assist You Shortly to make up a tidy 40-minute sitting. From May 1 – 8 it will be part of the virtual SLOFF with all 121 films. The Accessible Outdoors is one of eleven titles in the Central Coast Filmmakers Showcase available anytime you want to watch. “Catch this heart-warming and eye-opening film about the progress being made when it comes to making nature accessible to all,” noted Eisaguirre. Filmmaker Saberi, along with Eisaguirre and production team member Quinnolyn Benson-Yates, are confirmed to attend the April 27 screening, so far. The 15-minute short documentary received a Silver Award at the Hollywood Independent Filmmaker Awards & Festival. It received Best Documentary Film from the Oregon Short Film Festival and an Honorable Mention from British Columbia Environmental Film Festival.

In the release from SLOFF it noted, the 2022 film lineup will feature 121 presentations, including 32 feature films (ten narrative, 22 documentary), 77 short films and 12 music videos. San Luis Obispo Film Festival Director Skye McLennan said, “Returning to the theater is something all of us at the film festival have looked forward to, now, we can hardly believe that moment is almost here. Programming the best films available to us and making sure we brought back the signature events like Surf Nite our SLO Film Fest built its reputation on. We cannot wait to welcome everyone back and start screening our movies!”

This 28th edition of SLO FF is the first local film festival to screen it since its’ debut at NTFF in 2021. Tickets for the screening of The Accessible Outdoors + two more, are $15 general or $12 student/film society and available online here:

Check out the full schedule of films for the 28th San Luis Obispo Film Festival here: https://slofilmfest.org

ABOUT NatureTrack is a 501(c)3 non-profit which provides outdoor docent-led field trips during the usual school day for Santa Barbara County children at no cost to the schools or students, utilizing local trails and beaches throughout north and south county. NatureTrack’s mission is two-fold: to encourage students to embrace our natural world with respect and wonder, inspiring them to be stewards of our natural resources, and prepare school-aged students with the attitudes, leadership skills, and habits for lifelong learning. Founded in 2011, more than 25,000 students have had a chance to experience a NatureTrack docent-led outdoor field trip.
Recently NatureTrack expanded its’ mission of connecting kids to nature and is now connecting people who use wheelchairs of all ages to get out into nature using Freedom Trax. This device quickly changes a manual wheelchair into a battery powered, all-terrain vehicle which can easily traverse sand and trails. Now NatureTrack docents, students, and teachers who use a wheelchair can join classes on nature trips using Trax. https://naturetrack.org. NatureTrack is expanding its’ reach up to San Luis Obispo and down to Ventura County with the Trax program. Thanks go to the grantors including: UCSB’s Coastal Fund, California State Coastal Conservancy, Parks California ‘Route to Parks’ grant and the Coastal Resource Enhancement Fund.

Wheelchair Users Invited to Gaviota State Beach with NatureTrack 3/13/22

Calling All Nature-Loving Wheelchair Users!
Explore and Experience Freedom Trax at Gaviota Beach

On Sunday, March 13, from noon to 4pm, NatureTrack will be at Gaviota State Park to introduce those who use wheelchairs to the Freedom Trax devices at no cost! Get up close to the waters’ edge, navigate the beach under your own control.
NatureTrack will have six Freedom Trax devices available for wheelchair users to use on a first-come, first-served basis. We do ask for RSVPs to be able to accommodate people in wheelchairs. This apparatus can quickly and easily convert a manual wheelchair into a battery-powered, all-terrain vehicle allowing those users to traverse beach sand and trails independently.
There is no cost to use the Freedom Trax, courtesy of NatureTrack, which will also have two manual wheelchairs available for transfer should your wheelchair not fit on the device. NatureTrack connecting people to nature, every day.

Be sure to RSVP so NatureTrack can arrange for transportation to the Gaviota Beach.

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3.13.22 from noon to 4pm at Gaviota State Park, about 33 miles West of Santa Barbara on the 101 at 18000 CA-1 S, Goleta, CA 93117
Look for the pop-up banner once you’re in the parking lot and the NatureTrack vans.

Recently NatureTrack expanded its’ mission of connecting kids to nature and is now connecting people who use wheelchairs of all ages to get out into nature using Freedom Trax. This device quickly changes a manual wheelchair into a battery powered, all-terrain vehicle which can easily traverse sand and trails. Now NatureTrack docents, students, and teachers who use a wheelchair can join classes on nature trips using Trax. https://naturetrack.org. Monthly trips for wheelchair users are planned. We invite you to get in touch to find out when and where you can take advantage of this experiential gift. NatureTrack is expanding its’ reach up to San Luis Obispo and down to Ventura County with the Trax program. Thanks go to the grantors that made the Trax program possible include: UCSB’s Coastal Fund, California State Coastal Conservancy, Parks California ‘Route to Parks’ grant.

How to Survive and Thrive in Times of Crisis

Faced with a significant economic downturn and major disruptions to their operations, many nonprofits are struggling. Many need to re-evaluate and streamline their business models. Some could, and possibly should, decide to consolidate their operations with like-minded entities.

Spokes Symposium 2021 is a three-part series of online programs with keynote speakers, practitioner panels, and opportunities for follow-up discussions. Each session is 90 minutes long.

• Session 1 – April 13 – Assessing your financial health and long-term viability
• Session 2 – April 20 – Exploring options for resource sharing, collaboration, partnership
• Session 3 – April 27 – Legal, HR, financial and insurance considerations

Environmental Justice Community Café

In partnership with the city of Santa Maria, CAUSE is hosting an Environmental Justice Community Café to bring in a broad range of perspectives as Santa Maria enters the second phase of its General Plan initiative. This café will be a space to discuss which EJ issues and areas our working class and immigrant families would like to see prioritized in the General Plan. Hope you can join us!

Environmental justice includes a broad range of our daily lives, but the general plan will be following the guidelines of SB 1000, passed in 2016:
Reduce the unique and compounded health risks in “Disadvantaged Communities”. Reduce pollution exposure and improve air quality.  Promote public facilities. Promote food access. Promote safe and sanitary homes. Promote physical activity. Promote “civil engagement” in the public decision-making process. Prioritize improvements and programs that address the needs of disadvantaged communities.

Learn more about the General Plan here: https://www.imaginesantamaria.com/about-the-plan

WEBINAR: Redistricting in Santa Barbara County

Santa Barbara County is seeking applicants to its independent redistricting commission. The deadline to apply is August 21, 2020.

Learn More and Apply Here

Join a webinar on Monday August 17th at 5:30 p.m. to learn about this once-in-a-decade opportunity to ensure fair representation in Santa Barbara County!

Register for the webinar here

Background on Santa Barbara County Redistricting
The voters of Santa Barbara passed Measure G2018, establishing an independent redistricting commission to redraw county supervisorial district lines after the 2020 census. Independent redistricting is critical to ensuring fair representation for all political parties, communities, and voters.

Santa Barbara is the first county to establish a redistricting commission under a new state law, sponsored by Common Cause, to allow local governments to create independent redistricting commissions.