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/

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/
411:
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.

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/

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.