2024 Peace of Mind: 10,000 Steps in the Right Direction fundraising walk

Alma Rosa Winery is continuing its commitment to mental health-related causes with its fifth annual Peace of Mind: 10,000 Steps in the Right Direction fundraising walk on Saturday, May 18, 2024. Funds raised from this event will support community services, research and treatment for anxiety and depression through two beneficiaries, Santa Barbara’s Mental Wellness Center and One Mind. The 10,000-step walk (approximately 4.5 miles) will take place at Alma Rosa’s beautiful 628-acre Sta. Rita Hills 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/CA/Buellton/PeaceofMind10000StepsintheRightDirection

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

17th Annual Holiday Celebration for Martin Luther King, Jr.

2024’s Theme: “The time is always ripe to do right.” MLK’s quote from 1963 in Birmingham, Alabama. This year’s morning program is dedicated to Derrick Curtis, well known dancer, teacher and producer. Beginning at 9:00am at de la Guerra Plaza with an opening prayer by Mia Lopez of the Barbareño Chumash Tribe, Keynote Speaker Professor Edward Song from Westmont College, selection of school children’s awarded Essay and Poetry readings plus World Dance for Humanity. March up State Street at 10am to the Arlington Theatre where the 90-minute program dedicated to the memory of Sojourner Kincaid Rolle (SKR) will begin at 11 am. The program will include Keynote Speaker, UCSB Environmental Justice Professor, Dr. David Pellow, a collection of top awarded poems and essays read by the children who penned them. This was Sojourner’s passion – poetry. Miriam Dance directs the program and is a soloist along with Lois Mahalia, the Riviera Ridge School Children’s Choir, a gospel choir and jazz music. The audience will be invited to a Celebration of Life for Sojourner following the presentation at the Arlington Theatre. Location will be announced at the theatre.

Round-Up of the Five-Days of Events to Honor
Martin Luther King, Jr. Jan 11 – 15, 2023
PLUS, Photo Exhibit at CAW Jan. 23 – Feb. 4.

Thursday, January 11: MLK Weekend of events begins with the Ceremony at UCSB’s Eternal Flame on the Buchanan Hall lawn near the Library from 12 noon to 1pm. Followed by a walk to North Hall to honor the protestors who demanded more programs, services and faculty for African American students, (https://obsd.sa.ucsb.edu/1968-north-hall) which led to the development of the Center for Black Studies Research and the hiring of more African-American faculty.

Friday January 12: B’nai B’rith Friday Night Service at Trinity Lutheran Church, 909 N. La Cumbre Ave., Santa Barbara from 6 – 7 pm. Awarded Students readings with representatives from the two age groups: 6 – 12 and 13 – 18 years.

Saturday January 13: Day of Service. Choose your non-profit to do ‘A Day of Service’ in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the MLKSB Committee. Post on social media and Hashtag it #MLKSB #dayofservice

Sunday January 14: Worship at a service of your choice. List on MLKSB.org https://mlksb.org/support/faith-organizations/

Monday January 15: MLKSB Federal Holiday Three programs. Starts at 9am through 3pm (see above fact sheet for details).

Gratitude to MLKSB Major Sponsors: City of Santa Barbara, Fidelity National Title, James S. Bower Foundation, First United Methodist Church, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, Congregation B’nai B’rith, UCSB Multi Cultural Center and Healing Justice/Santa Barbara.

COMING UP January 23 through Feb. 4 “Capturing & Recapturing” at CAW, the Community Arts Workshop, 631 Garden St., Santa Barbara, 93101. Exhibit of photos by prolific photo journalist and fine arts photographer, Santi Visalli of never-before-seen photos of Dr. King. Lost for 50 years! https://www.sbcaw.org

Donate to keep MLK’s legacy alive and help underwrite the events and programs of the MLKSB Committee. https://mlksb.org/donate/

The mission of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee of Santa Barbara is to foster positive relationships between many diverse groups in the Santa Barbara community and the surrounding areas; to sponsor programs and events which exemplify the teachings of Dr. King; and to observe, and celebrate the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday.
MLKSB.ORG

NatureTrack Film Festival

(Goleta, CA) From the untapped beauty of nature to the stark realities we face in the world today, this year’s program line-up is wrapped up beautifully in the curiosity which drives people to explore all Mother Nature has to offer.
The 5th Annual NatureTrack Film Festival October 6,7, & 8 at Metropolitan’s Fairview Theatre in Goleta will have a dozen features, complemented by 30 shorts along with two panels, a grand opening night at the Ritz-Carlton Bacara, VIP Pass holder and filmmaker mixer on Saturday and an Awards Ceremony with a closing Party on Sunday – both at The Leta. Co-Directors Francisco Lopez and Mitchka Saberi have chosen a diverse selection of films. Saberi stated, “ I would love to shout out the variety of ‘types’ of films we are including in the lineup this year. Not all are traditional nature docs, this year’s audiences will see how we’ve tried to broaden the definition of a nature film. We believe they will inspire people to spend more time outdoors and love the earth.” Follow us on Instagram @naturetrackfilm for the updates. Los Olivos will get its own Best of the Fest the following weekend, Saturday, Oct. 14 from 3 – 9pm at The Grange with a Wrap Party after the final screening.
An in-person Field Trip is planned for early Sunday morning (10/8) to Lake Los Carneros to get an up-close look at the birds that call this place home. Festival goers can experience what NatureTrack, the founding organization, has been doing since 2011 for more than 35,000 kids K-12 in Santa Barbara County to generate interest in becoming stewards of nature for future generations. Founder Sue Eisaguirre noted, “As we mark our 5th Anniversary, we reflect on how this festival has become an enchanting extension of NatureTrack’s enduring mission – to nurture and kindle an unwavering fascination with the natural world, fostering a lifelong love affair with the beauty that surrounds us.” Sue noted, “Many of the trails we use indeed do Ignite a Passion for Nature (our motto) which are on lands protected by our Presenting Sponsor The Land Trust of Santa Barbara County. The Land Trust has been a consistent supporter of NatureTrack since I started this in 2011. We both share the vision of creating a new generation of stewards for nature in the future. A better partner in this mission could not be found.”
From the opening night film Wild Waters, the blending of the two prevailing themes in this year’s lineup – water and experiential are front and center. More than 70% of the Earth’s surface is water. Fourteen of the films – ten shorts and four features – in the line-up look at the current state of oceans, rivers, creeks and inland lakes from the viewpoint of the experienced as well as student filmmakers. Reviewing the present nature of nature in this climate change era. The festival is designed to inspire passion for nature through film by expanding the definition of ‘nature film’ through a range of genres and subjects. We invite audiences to walk, navigate, fly over, swim and paddle these wild, vital waters and a myriad of other topics with us.
Focus on the features: Discover the annual changes, the Hudson River goes through (yes, the one we only think of as being in NYC). Award-winning filmmaker John Dutton gives us a thorough look at it in Hudson River Wild. Saberi noted, “It was really cool getting a glimpse of all the different ecosystems along the Hudson River and the life based on its banks from the source all the way to the Statue of Liberty.” She continued, “It’s a beautiful Attenborough-esque doc, produced with the Smithsonian Channel by filmmaker John Dutton whose films have consistently graced the festival line-up.” Paved Paradise is a rare comedy nature doc. Lopez commented, “Super unique approach to the topic of agriculture and the environment. You don’t see many comedy docs and this one really pushes the envelope of how to present this type of material.” The Way of the Cheetah comes from the multiple award-winning team of Dereck & Beverly Joubert about these most fragile cats, both physically and in numbers, now at less than 7,000 left in the world. We are introduced to a coalition of five male cheetahs and a female, Immani, who captures our hearts with her four cubs. In Maasai her name means ‘faith.’ Leading her cubs across the East African plains where she must avoid these brothers, along with lions, hyenas, jackals, baboons and even vultures. Through the lens of the Joubert’s over a few years, we see her gain faith in herself. This is a personal story of this one family and its’ journey through this valley of disruption, down the path of survival. The Joubert’s are now considered notable world-leading conservationists, as spokespeople as well as solution drivers. Out There: A National Parks Story A very large story made on an intimate level is totally engaging. Following two longtime friends in a car, on a mission to get to as many national parks as they can. At first driving very fast and just touching down here and there, realizing even though people say it’s not the destination it’s the journey, these young men turn things around to slow down and explore the destinations. For a memorable film this first-person experience is bound to incite a curiosity for every audience member to get out there and explore our National Parks – our Crown Jewels. Epic Bill follows an endurance race enthusiast who, in his golden years, continues to drive himself to endure tortuous journeys in outdoor conditions. What is the psychology behind this drive? In My Alaskan Journey, a young woman who is a filmmaker, has heard tales from her family about the wildlife, beauty and danger of the northernmost Alaskan islands. Erin Ranney had to go to see for herself and documented the trip. Finding changes, her family’s cabins, and a surprising cache of plastic as well as the resilience of nature. Sue Eisaguirre added, “There’s a bonus attached to seeing this film. Everyone who comes to this screening at the festival will have the chance to win their very own Alaskan Adventure! Details TBA – stay tuned.” The remaining features will get the spotlight in an upcoming release. They are: Big Wave Guardian, Cactus Hotel, Full Circle, Peak Season and Until the Last Drop.
Thirty shorts are curated into the program with seven of those coming from student filmmakers. Some from the fertile ground of UCSB’s GreenScreen taught by Chris Jenkins, and the UCSB Coastal Media Project, a nine-week summer class which Jenkins teaches along with Ian Kellett and Summer Gray. The assortment of P.O.Vs and subjects such as conservation and environmental topics, are woven in with long-distance running, and climbing. Some of Santa Barbara’s favorite things are in here too – from condors and forests, to surfing and kayaking. The locations range from the northernmost tip of Alaska to the Channel Islands down to Brazil. Plus, this is where animation lives in the NTFF program. Don’t miss Ice Merchants the Academy Award winner for Best Animated Short Film in 2022.
Further descriptions on all the films will be found on the website where you can choose from the menu of film subjects most interesting to you to get an insider’s look at nature through these dedicated filmmaker’s eyes. As filmmakers confirm their attendance it will be noted on our social feeds. Follow us @naturetrackfilm. NTFF Online Box Office is open for Opening Night, Full Festival Passes and now Single Tickets and Four-Packs are available at NatureTrack. NTFF is grateful for the support received from The City of Goleta, its City Council and excellent staff.

Photo Caption: From the short film “Little Fox of Limwu”
Photo Credit: Michael Love

Beat the Heat: Lessons Learned from the Fastest Warming County in the Nation And How You Can Ensure Neighbors Are Safe When Temperatures Rise

Did you know Ventura County is warming faster than almost anywhere else in the United States? Hear how this impacts those on the frontlines of heat, and what we’re learning from local to national experts about what we can do as cities and individuals to address this urgent issue. You’ll learn how all of us can help mobilize resources to protect those most at risk—from farm workers to youth. We will also share broader solutions in the works aimed at knitting together a tighter social fabric, such as neighborhood-based resource centers where community members can get the help they need when extreme heat hits. Presented in English with Spanish interpretation in collaboration with the Atlantic Council and CAUSE.

By joining this webinar, you agree to receive communications from the host organization and agree to the meeting being recorded and posted online. Register now: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/6916783096815/WN_N-z7kUkASN-Bd-lcBjifPw

Circle of Life Brunch

We are thrilled to announce that Alpha Resource Center will be celebrating our 70th Anniversary throughout 2023. To help us celebrate this anniversary our annual Circle of Life Brunch fundraiser will be held on Sunday, May 21st from 11 am – 12:30 pm, at our Cathedral Oaks campus. Circle of Life is a Table Captain-powered friend-raiser/fundraiser bringing current and future Alpha friends together. Our Table Captains have previously been engaged with Alpha Resource Center. With their previous engagement, they can inspire new individuals to help Alpha support families, create opportunities, and foster belonging for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Circle of Life Brunch highlights the impact of Alpha’s programs with amazing firsthand success stories from participants and their families.

The Oak Group Presents – Celebrating the Protection of Nature

“For most of history, man has had to fight nature to survive; in this century he is beginning to realize that, in order to survive, he must protect it.”
Jacques-Yves Cousteau.

Continuing their 37-year tradition of calling attention to and supporting the preservation of open spaces in the natural world through their artwork, the Oak Group members are proud to hold their Spring 2023 art show benefiting the Land Trust for Santa Barbara County.

Since 1985, the Land Trust has worked with willing landowners, public and private grant and other community organizations to protect, restore and manage open space, wildlife habitat and agricultural land in Santa Barbara County. To date, they have protected over 31,890 acres of land and counting. Their vision is “a future with conserved lands throughout the county that engage and nourish human, plant, and animal life. These conserved lands include productive family farms and ranches that succeed from generation to generation, healthy habitats to sustain and harbor wildlife and plants, and beautiful trails and open spaces that provide recreational gateways accessible to all.”

The show will be held at the Santa Barbara Central Library’s Faulkner Gallery at 40 East Anapamu Street in downtown Santa Barbara and will run from May 2 through May 31, open 10am-5pm Tuesday – Saturday and closed Sunday – Monday. A reception with the artists will be held in the Faulkner Gallery on First Thursday (May 4th), from 5:30 – 7:30pm.

The show will also be viewable online May 2 through May 31
www.oakgroup.org and www.sblandtrust.org

Active Oak Group members: Meredith Brooks Abbott, Whitney Brooks Abbott, Marcia Burtt, Chris Chapman, Bill Dewey, Rick Drake, Michael Drury, Rick Garcia, Carrie Givens, Kevin Gleason, Whitney Brooks Hansen, Jeremy Harper, Kerri Hedden, Tom Henderson, Ray Hunter, John Iwerks, Larry Iwerks, Manny Lopez, Linda Mutti, Rob Robinson, Ann Sanders, Richard Schloss, Thomas Van Stein, Skip Smith, Arturo Tello and John Wullbrandt. Guest artists are Karen Mclean McGaw, Ben O’Hara, Paul Panossian & Sharon Schock.

2023 Peace of Mind: 10,000 Steps in the Right Direction fundraising walk

Alma Rosa Winery is continuing its commitment to mental health-related causes with its fourth annual Peace of Mind: 10,000 Steps in the Right Direction fundraising walk on Saturday, July 22, 2023. Funds raised from this event will support community services, research and treatment for anxiety and depression through two beneficiaries, Santa Barbara’s Mental Wellness Center and One Mind. The 10,000-step walk (approximately 4.5 miles) will take place at Alma Rosa’s beautiful 628-acre Sta. Rita Hills 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:

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