Community Corner: ‘Tis the season for giving!

December 17, 2013  |  Article, News  |  ,

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BY AMY ASMAN

Some well-known Northern Santa Barbara County organizations are in the giving mood this month. Thanks to Wells Fargo and local residents, the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County distributed 2,075 turkeys and 2,000 chickens to families in need this Thanksgiving. The community also donated $26,100, which Wells Fargo generously matched with $25,000.

“At Wells Fargo, we are always eager to support our community,” district manager Mark Corella said in a press release. “The Foodbank is making a difference in so many lives, and we are pleased to be a partner in their efforts.”

More recently, the Chumash Casino Resort’s 10th annual Toys For Tots benefit concert on Dec. 14 raised $25,000 for the Central Coast Marine Corps Reserve Toys For Tots campaign, which serves children in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties.

Headlining this year’s Toys For Tots benefit concert was the Jamie O’Neal and Friends Acoustic Christmas show, which featured Australian country music star O’Neal and up-and-coming artists, such as Rachele Lynae and Cali Rodi.

“Toys For Tots gives children in our community the opportunity to enjoy the holidays,” said Vincent Armenta, tribal chairman of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians, in a press release. “It’s an organization that provides a positive impact on our children, and we are happy to support its mission through our annual benefit concert.”

For more information about donating to the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County or Toys for Tots Central Coast California, visit foodbanksbc.org or toys4totscentralca.org.

http://www.santamariasun.com/news/10853/community-corner-tis-the-season-for-giving/

 

Steve Jacobsen: Key Truths of Grieving During the Holidays and All Year Long

December 17, 2013  |  Article, News  | 

Noozhawk-20111By Steve Jacobsen | Published on 12.17.2013 5:02 p.m.

Two weeks ago, I took some time with our staff to ask them to help me reflect on what underlies our Light Up A Life ceremonies, which honor those loved ones we have lost during the holiday season. I asked them to provide me with some of the key truths that many of us may share. I asked them to list two kinds of truths: “hard truths,” realities that grief forces us to acknowledge, and “welcome truths,” realities that we can choose to affirm at Light Up A Life and during the holidays.

We came up with quite a list — almost a dozen of each kind. We are making the full list available on our websiteFacebook page and in our office. But I want to share three from each list. I invite you to see if these statements speak to you:

From the list of hard truths:

» The first is, “I can’t change the past.” Our mind and heart may want to try to find some way to bring our loved one back, or to have told them something important, or have done something that would have saved their life. But in time, the truth sinks in that we cannot go back. This is very hard.

» “I may never know why it happened.” Several years ago, there was a TV interview with L.A. Dodgers announcer Vin Scully and UCLA legend John Wooden. At one point in the interview, Scully was asked how he got through two personal tragedies. The first came when his wife died suddenly when they still had three young children, and the second came years later when his son died in a helicopter accident. Scully said he was haunted by the question of why this should happen, and it wasn’t until he decided to stop asking “why” that he finally could begin to move on. When people we love die too soon, or too suddenly, or too tragically, we may be driven to keep trying to figure out why something like this is allowed to happen. In time, many of us realize we may never know why, and this can be hard.

» A third hard truth is, “I have to re-create my life.” This seems particularly harsh early on in the grief experience, as we are often have no energy or desire to reshape our days and years. My grandmother took her own life when my mother herself was a widow with two young children. There was no hospice then, and her losses were rarely talked about. In time, my mother did her best to move on. In time, we have to re-create our lives.

So these are three of the hard truths of grief. But in time we find some truths that we may slowly welcome. This does not mean we ever give up wishing the person was still with us, but it does mean we can find some ways to stand up in the face of our loss and make some affirmations:

» The first is, “I will honor my loved one.” I will light a candle for them every night in this season. I will talk about them to keep their memory alive. I will come to this ceremony and place a star on this tree and affirm how much love and affection I will always have for them.

» The second is, “I can experience healing over time.” This may seem impossible soon after our loss, and as time goes on, great waves of grief may come to us unexpectedly and we may think we will never progress. But we know that with supportive relationships, time and love, we can experience healing. We have the power of resilience within us, and in time it can grow and find some healing.

» And the third truth is, “I am not alone.” Of course no one truly knows exactly what we feel and remember and experience. But if there is one truth that has guided Hospice of Santa Barbara over the last 39 years it is that we can find strength in sharing this journey with others. We all carry our private thoughts within us, but tonight we are standing together. Right now, we are shoulder to shoulder with each other in this public space and in front of this tree and not alone. I remember the words of a child who had lost his mom. He was at one of our events in our mentor program. At his school, maybe no one knew what it was like to grow up without a mom. But after spending months with one of our adult mentors, he came to a gathering of adults and children who had all lost a mom or a dad as children. He came running into the room and said, “I miss my mom but everybody here loves me.”

For 30 years in Santa Barbara and Goleta and 20 years in Carpinteria, all of us at Hospice of Santa Barbara know the grieving during the holidays can confront us with some painful truths. But we also affirm some powerful and healing truths: You can honor your loved one. You can heal over time. And you are not alone.

— Steve Jacobsen is executive director of Hospice of Santa Barbara. Call Hospice of Santa Barbara at 805.563.8820 for a schedule of adult and children’s groups, or to make a donation. Click here to read previous columns. The opinions expressed are his own.

http://www.noozhawk.com/article/steve_jacobsen_truths_grieving_during_holidays_20131217

 

Wells Fargo, Santa Barbara County community help make Foodbank Turkey Drive a success

December 16, 2013  |  Article, News  |  ,

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Wells Fargo District Managers Mark Corella, left, and Kathie Voss, right with Judith Monte, Foodbank of Santa Barbara County development manager, center, celebrate the success of the Foodbank’s 2013 Turkey Drive. Courtesy photo.

$26,100 raised and 2,075 turkeys and 2,000 chickens distributed for Thanksgiving

SANTA BARBARA — Thanks to Wells Fargo and the entire Santa Barbara County community, 2,075 turkeys and 2,000 chickens were distributed this Thanksgiving season, officials with Foodbank of Santa Barbara County reported in a media release.

In addition to this, $26,100 was raised by the community and was matched with $25,000 by Wells Fargo.

Wells Fargo District Managers, Mark Corella and Kathie Voss recently presented Foodbank of Santa Barbara County with a check for the $25,000.

“At Wells Fargo, we are always eager to support our community,” said Corella, adding his personal thanks to all the community members who made contributions during this matching campaign. “The Foodbank is making a difference in so many lives, and we are pleased to be a partner in their efforts.”

“It is touching when people come together to help one another, especially during the holiday season,” said Erik Talkin, CEO, Foodbank of Santa Barbara County. “Foodbank extends our sincere appreciation to Wells Fargo and the entire community for their generous support of this year’s Turkey Drive.”

Those interested in continuing to help this holiday season can contribute to a Holiday Food & Funds Drive or make an online donation to Foodbank of Santa Barbara County. For more information, visit foodbanksbc.org.

For information on how to get food or apply for CALFresh (formerly known as Food Stamps), please visit foodbanksbc.org/howtogetfood.html.

About the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County:

The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County is transforming health by eliminating hunger and food insecurity through good nutrition and food literacy. The Foodbank provides nourishment and education through its award-winning programs and a network of over 300 member non-profit partners. In Santa Barbara County, one in four people receive food support from the Foodbank; over 102,000 unduplicated people of whom 44% are children. Last year, the Foodbank distributed the food and resources to support 8.5 million meals – half of which was fresh produce. For more information, visit www.foodbanksbc.org.

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Online Donations to Foodbank’s Give a Meal Campaign Tripled Through Jan. 10

December 16, 2013  |  Article, News  |  ,

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[Note: The Foodbank reported Tuesday that the matching cap has been met, and any further donations made to the website will not be matched.]

Tragically, for some children and families in our community, the question is not what to eat, but will we eat? The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County is playing a major role in ensuring children, families and individuals have enough healthy food and tools such as nutrition education to be nourished and healthy.

An opportunity this holiday season to help the Foodbank continue providing nutritious food and resources is the online “Give a Meal Campaign.” From now until Jan. 10, each donation to the “Give a Meal Campaign” will be triple matched up to $1,000 per individual gift.

The Foodbank is calling for 100 individuals or families to donate $1,000 each to reach the $100,000 goal, which translates into $300,000 through the match. The Foodbank welcomes donations of any amount. The campaign is in partnership with Bank of America and Feeding America.

How to:

» Click here and then click the “give” button to donate.

» Use a credit card with a Santa Barbara County billing ZIP code.

» Mark the donation option that states “Your Local Food Bank” and enter your information.

» Click “Submit” and forward your donation confirmation email to[email protected].

“Foodbank wishes to give a special thanks to Bank of America and Feeding America for this generous matching opportunity,” said Erik Talkin, CEO of the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County. “Let’s help children and families be nourished and healthy all year long.”

Please note that in order to keep donations local, participants must have a Santa Barbara County ZIP code. Those with billing ZIP codes outside of Santa Barbara County do not qualify for the triple match toward the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County. The match opportunity applies to individual donations up to $1,000. It does not apply to corporate donors or foundations.

For more information, click here or contact Diane Durst at [email protected] or 805.967.5741 x104 for details.

 

— Candice Tang Nyholt is a publicist representing the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County.

http://www.noozhawk.com/article/foodbank_give_a_meal_campaign_20131216

 

ExxonMobil Funds STEM Scholarship at SBCC

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The Santa Barbara City College Foundation has received a $5,000 grant from the ExxonMobil Foundation to support an ongoing scholarship at SBCC.

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Originally published 1:38 p.m., November 13, 2013 Updated 1:38 p.m., November 13, 2013
Source: Santa Barbara City College Foundation

The Santa Barbara City College Foundation has received a $5,000 grant from the ExxonMobil Foundation to support an ongoing scholarship at SBCC. The ExxonMobil STEM Scholarship is awarded to encourage and support motivated SBCC students majoring in any STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) discipline. Each year in May, two $2,500 scholarships – among the largest scholarships available at SBCC – are awarded at the annual SBCC Foundation Scholarship Reception.

The ExxonMobil Foundation is the primary philanthropic arm of Exxon Mobil Corporation in the United States. Founded in 1955 as Esso Education Foundation, the Foundation’s name was changed to ExxonMobil Foundation in 2000 following the merger of Exxon Corporation and Mobil Corporation. The Foundation has a strategically focused vision supporting math and science education. In 2012, ExxonMobil Foundation provided $256 million in contributions worldwide, of which $116 million was dedicated to education.

All SBCC students majoring in STEM disciplines are encouraged to apply for the scholarship. Students can apply via the general scholarship application, which will be available on the SBCCDepartment of Financial Aid website from January 6, 2014 until March 3, 2014. Decisions will be made in early May after a committee review process.

The SBCC Foundation’s mission is to support SBCC students through sustained philanthropy. Formed by a group of community leaders, the Foundation is committed to making higher education attainable for all in the Santa Barbara community.

For more information about the SBCC Foundation, please visit thewebsite or view the 2012-13 Annual Report. If you have any questions, or if you are interested in establishing a scholarship asSBCC, please contact Erica Mesker at[email protected].

http://www.independent.com/news/2013/nov/13/exxonmobil-funds-stem-scholarship-sbcc/

Santa Barbara Symphony Presents: New Year’s Eve Pops

December 13, 2013  |  Article, News  | 

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Santa Barbara Symphony Presents: New Year’s Eve Pops

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Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 8:30PM – 10:30PM

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Santa Barbara Symphony Presents: New Year’s Eve Pops
Santa Barbara Symphony

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 8:30PM – 10:30PM

Bob Bernhardt, Guest Conductor

Fast becoming a Santa Barbara favorite, Bob Bernhardt returns with a Pops feast of your
favorites, as well as a few surprises! Ring in the New Year at the best party in town, but get your
tickets early—this concert is always a sell out!

Date & Time: Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 8:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Location: The Granada Theatre, 1214 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Cost: $38, $63, $83, $113

To purchase subscriptions for the Symphony’s upcoming 60th Anniversary Season, call the Santa
Barbara Symphony Office at (805) 898-9386. Single tickets and subscriptions are also available
online at www.thesymphony.org. Discounted student tickets are available for $10 with valid
student ID.

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Stamp Out Hunger

December 13, 2013  |  Article, News  |  ,

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Support the Letter Carrier Food Drive this Saturday, December 14th to Stamp Out Hunger

This Saturday, December 14th, local Letter Carriers will be collecting nonperishable food donations to “Stamp Out Hunger.”

For over 20 years the National Association of Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive has been held during the month of May. In addition to this annual drive, our local Letter Carries have volunteered to hold a drive in December this year to help everyone in the community have enough food, especially during the holiday season. Donations will benefit Foodbank of Santa Barbara County and its nonprofit partners.

Participating in the December Letter Carrier Food Drive is simple. Just leave nonperishable food donations in a bag by your mailbox on Saturday, December 14 and your letter carrier will pick it up.

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Local Letter Carriers to Collect Food Saturday to Benefit Foodbank

December 13, 2013  |  Article, News  |  ,

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This Saturday, local letter carriers will be collecting nonperishable food donations to “Stamp Out Hunger.”

For over 20 years, the National Association of Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive has been held during the month of May. In addition to this annual drive, local letter carries have volunteered to hold a drive in December this year to help everyone in the community have enough food, especially during the holiday season.

Donations will benefit theFoodbank of Santa Barbara County and its nonprofit partners.

Participating in the December food drive is simple. Just leave nonperishable food donations in a bag by your mailbox this Saturday and your letter carrier will pick it up.

 

— Candice Tang Nyholt is a publicist representing the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County.
http://www.noozhawk.com/article/local_letter_carriers_to_collect_food_saturday_to_benefit_foodbank_20131213

 

Wineries team up for Foodbank fundraiser

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“New Year’s Resolutions?” There’s a Class for That… at SBCC Center for Lifelong Learning

December 13, 2013  |  Article, News  | 

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For Immediate Release Media Contact: Kelly Kapaun/Juliana Minsky, (805) 687-3322

“New Year’s Resolutions?” There’s a Class for That… at

SBCCCenter for Lifelong Learning

Registration opens December 9th

with over 360 Winter classes; eGift Cards now available

Santa Barbara, CA, December 4, 2013—This winter, SBCCCenter for Lifelong Learning (CLL)

is ready to help the community achieve their New Year’s resolutions, with 360 classes and

workshops for every schedule and lifestyle. Winter registration opens on December 9th, with class schedules available for preview this week at both CLL campuses, at newsstands throughout the area, and online at www.sbcc.edu/CLL. CLL offers evening, weekday and Saturday classes and

workshops in more than 25 different interest areas for the body, mind and spirit. Winter classes start and end throughout the term, between January 13 and March 22.

“With the New Year just ahead, we’re excited to offer hundreds of ways for our community

members to discover their potentials,” said Andy Harper, Executive Director of SBCCCenter for

Lifelong Learning. “Now is the time to reclaim some ‘you time’ and get ready to re-energize your

year ahead. Come try the something new you’ve been dreaming of, or get back into a favorite art,

craft, language, fitness or intellectual pursuit you’ve been keeping on hold..”

The CLL’s fall term, the first official term under the restructure, attracted over 4,500 community

members of all ages, including over 900 new students.

SBCC CLL welcomes tax-deductible donations through the SBCC Foundation to support programs

and to provide tuition assistance for students in need. Please see http://sbccfoundation.org/

2014 Winter Term highlights

Over 360 classes are offered in five major categories (in more than 25 sub-categories): Arts,

Crafts, Performance; Body, Mind, Spirit; Business, Finance, Work; Events, Film, Language; and

Home, Nature, Technical.

40+ brand new classes for Winter include: Harmonica Blues, Getting Started; Mixed Media

Jewelry; Stand-up Comedy 101; Bicycling for Health & Happiness; The Power of Myth: From

Ancient Egypt to the Iroquois; Yoga Flow; Beginning Screenwriting; Investing and Financial

Planning for Women; Beautiful Brunches at the Very Last Minute; Flavors of France: From

Paris to Provence; Need to Know About Home Repair and Maintenance; Tasty Dishes with

Trader Joe’s® Ingredients; Website 101 with WordPress

Flexible schedule options: Classes are offered evenings, weekdays and Saturdays, and include

one-meeting workshops, two- to five-session offerings, and longer classes up to nine weeks;

classes start and end throughout the winter term, January 13 – March 22. ? “CLL Presents,” the lecture and special event series focusing on today’s vital issues, with

dynamic guest speakers. Winter highlights include: Water Harvesting Workshop; The Middle

East: What’s Happened Since the ‘Arab Spring’? (with 2013 California Professor of the Year,

SBCC’s Dr. Manoutchehr Eskandari-Qajar); Talk About Santa Barbara Treasures; and Mind

and Supermind – “The Melting Polar Ice: Remembering our Broken Bonds with Nature”

Free CEUs (Continuing Education Units): There will be no additional charge for CEUs for

eligible health care and mental health care professionals.

Winter class schedules are available at the SBCC Wake and Schott Campuses, at newsstands

throughout SouthSanta BarbaraCounty and in the Santa Ynez Valley, and online at

www.sbcc.edu/CLL.

IMPORTANT DATES:

December 2: Printed and online class schedule available

December 9-12: “Staggered” Registration schedule

December 14: CLL Holiday Crafts Faire at SBCC Wake Campus, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

January 13: First possible day for Winter classes

March 22: Last day of Winter Term

Give the Gift of Learning: CLL Gift Cards available now!

CLL eGift Cards for classes are a unique gift for the holidays and any occasion. Purchase online or

at the SBCC Schott or SBCC Wake Campus Information/Registration office. See

www.sbcc.edu/CLL for details.

About the SBCCCenter for Lifelong Learning (CLL)

The SBCCCenter for Lifelong Learning mission is to be responsive to the diverse lifelong learning

needs of adult members of the Santa Barbara Community. CLL aims to be the educational, cultural

and social hub for the Santa Barbara community, continuing a nearly 60-year tradition of excellence.

CLL is online at www.sbcc.edu/CLL, and on Facebook (sbccCLL), Twitter (@sbccCLL) and

YouTube.

Read more here.