Health, Lifestyle Events Focus of SBCC Center for Lifelong Learning’s ‘Major Issues’ Series

April 10, 2014  |  Article, News  | 

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The SBCC Center for Lifelong Learning is in its first full season of CLL Presents Major Issues, a lecture and special event series, inviting the community to engage with dynamic experts around today’s vital issues.

CLL Presents includes the highly popular “Mind & Supermind” and “Self-Esteem: Seek It and Keep It” events and a roster of new topics affecting our community and society.

“This term we invite the community to come celebrate the 35th anniversary of our popular Mind & Supermind series,” said Andy Harper, executive director of the SBCCCenter for Lifelong Learning. “As our community of students continues to grow, this anniversary symbolizes the longstanding commitment continuing education has to cultivating ourselves and fellow Santa Barbarans.”

This term, CLL Presents Major Issues includes new health and lifestyle events: Your Primal Body: The Paleo Way to Living Lean, Fit, and Healthy at any Age and Candlelight Yoga.

Upcoming Spring 2014 CLL Presents Events

April 11: Self-Esteem: Seek It and Keep It

Patty DeDominic, entrepreneur and philanthropist will present “Self-Esteem in the Entrepreneurs World: How I Found It!”

DeDominic is president and CEO of DeDominic & Associates and provides coaching and advising for high achieving organizations and professionals. She founded and headed several for-profit and nonprofit organizations that focus on career enhancement and is the former chair of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce and founder of Santa Barbara Women’s Festivals. The lecture format of series will allow an opportunity for questions and answers. Students will leave feeling motivated and inspired! This event is presented in collaboration with the Santa Barbara Council for Self-Esteem. Tuition/fees partially covered through private donations. Click here to register.

April 25: Special 35th Anniversary Event

Mind & Supermind with special guest lecturer Veronica Goodchild, Ph.D. This year, the CLL celebrates the 35th anniversary year of Mind and Supermind.

In 2013, Goodchild made a pilgrimage to Camino de Santiago in France. In this lecture, she will share images of landscapes and sacred sites that represent her inner journey in the outer world. Focusing on Jung’s studies on synchronicity, Veronica Goodchild will show how contemplative journeys reawaken us to the living spirit of nature and our broader connection to the cosmos. Tuition for Mind & Supermind is $5. Click here to register.

May 2: Your Primal Body: The Paleo Way to Living Lean, Fit and Healthy at Any Age

Santa Barbara’s own author, personal trainer and professional consultant Mikki Reilly will guide students through the specifics of the growing trend of Paleo diet and exercise. Students will learn how to transform their body with a Paleo lifestyle, including how to eating an anti-inflammatory primal diet, how to kick up metabolism to burn fat, and how to restore pain-free movement and begin a complete transformation to fitness and health. Tuition for Your Primal Body is $10.Click here to register.

May 16: Santa Barbara Treasures-Trees and Views

Santa Barbara has a variety of ordinances that protect both trees and views because they are important to us, but are these regulations effective?

This series presents a lively panel discussion on what happens when local tree and view protection policies conflict? Hear local experts weigh in on issues impacting Santa Barbara’s trees and views. Note: In collaboration with: Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society. Tuition for Santa Barbara Treasures is $20. Click here to register.

June 6: Candlelight Yoga

This relaxing yet empowering yoga class promotes both inner- and physical strength as students are led through restorative movements and breathing work. Students will develop increased proficiency in yoga poses, and leave class feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. This course is appropriate for all levels including those new to yoga to experienced students. Tuition for Candlelight Yoga $20. Click here to register.

The SBCC Center 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 by clicking here, and on FacebookTwitter (@sbccCLL) and YouTube.


— Flannery Hill is a publicist representing the SBCC Center for Lifelong Learning.


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Making the Valley so special

April 10, 2014  |  Article, News  | 


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Each spring, the Santa Ynez Valley News and Valley Foundation bestow awards on local heroes who go above and beyond when it comes to volunteering and giving back to their communities.

Each time we hand out these awards, it is abundantly clear that top volunteers have one thing in common — they do a lot of really great stuff.

This year’s Santa Ynez Valley Man and Woman of the Year are certainly no exception, nor are the other local residents honored in various categories.

The top prizes went to Puck Erickson-Lohnas and Greg Pensa, names and faces familiar to most folks living in this part of the county.

Neither Erickson-Lohnas nor Pensa are strangers to this award-winning habit. Both have been named Volunteer of the Year, Erickson-Lohnas in 2010, and Pensa in 2004.

As we mentioned earlier, they weren’t the only stars to shine at the annual awards banquet at the Buellton Marriott last month. The Valley Foundation and Valley News also recognized the volunteerism and contributions to local communities of three local teens — Daven Martinez, Aaron Orosz and David Wagstaffe — with Youth in Service Awards.

Other local volunteers honored include Rona Barrett, Hans Birkholm, Holly and Terry Delaney, Ken Harwood and Bruce Porter.

All these names are familiar to us, in large part because these are the folks who do all the great stuff to help Valley residents live better, safer, healthier and more complete lives.

The idea behind the Man and Woman of the Year Awards was birthed in the mid-1990s by Jeff Cotter, who was at the time executive director of the Valley Foundation. Jeff got together with the late Lucinda Johnson, editor of the Valley News during that era, and the strategy for recognizing top volunteers was mapped out.

The rest, as they say, is history.

Since that first inkling of an annual awards banquet and presentation, hundreds of hard-working, dedicated Valley residents have been recognized for volunteer work that often occurs far behind the scenes.

It takes a special kind of person to give up personal time to help others, and this Valley seems to have an abundant supply of such people.

And, we’ll share an insider secret about volunteering, one that dedicated volunteers are well aware of — once you start giving of your time and energy, it’s really difficult to stop.

That’s because the feeling one gets from helping others is, well, almost indescribable. We could call it joy and elation, but truthfully, it transcends those emotions.

There’s only one way to gain that knowledge and those feelings. You need to become a volunteer. It doesn’t have to be on too grand a scale at the beginning. Just dip your toe in the water, get an idea of what volunteering is all about.

You’ll like it. You’ll become addicted to helping others. We guarantee it.



Saturday Family Day with the Foodbank

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Dear Friends,

SATURDAY FAMILY DAY with the Foodbank is Saturday, April 12, 2014

Bring your kids, family and friends to the Foodbank warehouse on April 12th for a great opportunity to volunteer and to help your community.  The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County now has a Family Philanthropy program offering something unique in Santa Barbara:  a chance for kids to visit the warehouse for a tour, to work in a volunteer activity and to have some fun!

Saturday Family Days take place on the second Saturday of each month.  This program is for kids ages 5 and up and an adult family member or friend.  All kids will need to be accompanied by an adult (you may bring more than one child for each adult).  You must sign up in advance to participate (details and contact info below).

What:  Volunteer at Foodbank warehouse with your kids
When:  Saturday, April 12, 2014 from 9:30 – 11:30 am
Where:  4554 Hollister Avenue (near Ben Page Youth Center)
Who:  Kids aged 5+ and a parent or adult. No child drop off, please. Several kids may come with one adult (parents may bring their own kids &/or their kids plus friends).

How:  Please email Jennifer Mansbach [email protected] to sign up and to get event day details

Please share this email with family and friends.  We would love to have you join us at the warehouse!
If you do not wish to be included in future emails please let me know.


Jennifer Mansbach
Parent, Foodbank Knowledge Philanthropist & Volunteer
[email protected]

Los Angeles-based clarinetist Donald Foster sheds a little light on the mysterious world of Hollywood film studio orchestras . . .

April 9, 2014  |  Article, News  | 


Posted on April 9, 2014

Daniel Kepl interviews Donald Foster, Principal Clarinet of the Pasadena Symphony and Santa Barbara Symphony, on the eve of his performance of the Clarinet Concerto by Aaron Copland with the Santa Barbara SymphonyNir Kabaretti conducting. Performances are Saturday, April 12 (8pm) and Sunday, April 13 (3pm) at the Granada Theatre in Santa Barbara.

Be sure to watch the one-and-only take video of the NBC Nightly News theme, John Williams conducting. Foster explains in the interview that John Williams is one of his “accounts.” Be sure to read the Foster interview in CASA Magazine April 11-20. That issue will also have my reviews of State Street Ballet‘s performance of choreographer William Soleau’s Carmen, and  the Westmont College men’s and women’s choirs.


Pacific Western Bank gives $25K to Rona Barrett Foundation

April 8, 2014  |  News  | 


Weber, executive vice president of Pacific Western, presents a $25,000 check to Rona Barrett for the Rona Barrett Foundation.

April 08, 2014 12:00 am  •  Staff report

Pacific Western Bank recently presented a $25,000 check to the Rona Barrett Foundation.

“We are proud to support the important work that the Rona Barrett Foundation does on behalf of vulnerable seniors,” said

Susan Weber, executive vice president of Pacific Western. “We look forward to the opening of The Golden Inn & Villages in Santa Ynez which will hopefully become a model for senior living across the country.”

Rona Barrett Foundation, a nonprofit organization, seeks to provide solutions to affordable housing and supportive services for seniors in need with the development of The Golden Inn & Village, where seniors may access a variety of care that meets their needs as they age in place.

Construction on The Golden Inn & Village is scheduled to begin in 2015.




Central Coast Commission for Senior Citizens


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News-Press TV talks with the Central Coast Commission for Senior Citizens’ Executive Director Joyce Ellen Lippman about how this non-profit works to encourage the community to stand up against elder abuse.


Hillside House

April 6, 2014  |  Article, News  | 


Sunday, April 06, 2014

NON-PROFIT OF THE WEEK: Hillside House is a residential facility for people with developmental disabilities, including intellectual disabilities, cerebral palsy, autism and epilepsy.

Links to:

Hillside House
updated: Apr 05, 2014, 10:00 AM

Hillside House is a non-profit residential facility caring for people with developmental disabilities.

We provide a safe, home-like environment for 59 people who have levels of disability ranging from moderate to severe and often have medical challenges as well. We offer them a caring community with around-the-clock nursing care as well as physical therapy, independent living skills, recreational and learning opportunities, individualized treatment programs and much more, so that they can reach for their highest potential and enjoy their lives to the fullest!

We are a launching pad for meaningful lives.

HillsideHouse Our Mission

To provide a home that supports our residents’ efforts to maximize their physical, cognitive, social and emotional abilities so that they can attain their highest level of independence in an environment where people are treated with dignity and respect.

We were incorporated as a California Non-profit Corporation in 1945. We are licensed by the State of California Department of Public Health as an Intermediate Care Facility for the Developmentally Disabled (ICF-DD).

HH_Patient Whom Does Hillside House Serve?

Hillside House offers residential services for people with a variety of developmental disabilities, including intellectual disabilities, cerebral palsy, autism and epilepsy. Most of our residents are non-ambulatory, with levels of disability ranging from moderate to severe. Hillside House serves a broad age range as well. We accept residents in all stages of their lives. Currently our population ranges in age from early 20′s to mid-80′s.

What are Hillside House Programs Like?

Hillside House offers many activities on our campus and in the community. We provide 24-hour nursing care and a range of therapeutic programs in a family-like environment.

These programs include:
• physical therapy
• independent living skills training
• occupational therapy
• speech therapy
• sensory motor training
• recreational therapy

Younger residents attend local public schools. Some residents attend classes at the local community college. Adult residents participate in a variety of day programs, community integration programs and supported employment. Our residents take advantage of the many cultural, educational and recreational events, as well as a variety of community activities in Santa Barbara and the surrounding area.

HH_Tarp To learn more about this organization, visit their website,


Supervisors step back from managing homelessness funds


A volunteer asks Delbert White questions during last year’s census of the homeless population.
April 06, 2014 12:30 am  •

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The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors had to relinquish its leadership role in local efforts to obtain and handle millions of dollars in federal funding for area homelessness services on Tuesday but voted to maintain the county’s significant role in applying for and managing the federal funds.

In a 4-1 vote, with 4th District Supervisor Peter Adam dissenting, the board approved county agencies’ continued involvement with Santa BarbaraCounty’s new Continuum of Care program, which will act as the area’s homelessness assistance planning network.

The county and its Board of Supervisors can no longer act as the lone decision-making entities for planning and distributing federal CoC funds following a 2012 interim rule issued by HUD. The new rule requires local CoCs to allow more community control over operations and more say in how HUD funds are distributed. The CoC board also must meet other requirements, such as including one homeless or formerly homeless person.

The Central Coast Collaborative on Homelessness will take over from the Board of Supervisors, leading the county’s CoC program in applying for, handling and distributing millions of dollars from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

“The county has really done it all up until now,” said 3rd District Supervisor Doreen Farr, who joined her colleagues in voting to uphold the county’s role in CoC fund management. “But if the county decided not to adopt any role, I’m not really sure who’s out there to do it.”

The county had to establish the new CoC board — consisting of a lead agency, collaborative applicant and Homeless Management Information System lead agency — by Aug. 30 to remain eligible for HUD funds.

Santa BarbaraCounty organizations and projects receive approximately $1.4 million annually from HUD’s Continuum of Care Program to help organizations and programs provide permanent housing, transitional housing and supportive services for the county’s homeless population. Area projects also leverage an additional $1.1 million annually in other resources.

C3H — a collaborative of diverse homeless services and programs created in 2012 — stepped up to take over as the lead agency of the new CoC program, a role that the county had filled since 1998.

The county will fill the other two required positions on the CoC board.

The Housing & Community Development Division — under the Community Services Department — will act as the collaborative applicant, which compiles and submits the area’s application for HUD funds. In this role, the county has helped projects throughout Santa BarbaraCounty access $18 million in federal funds since 1998.

“We do not believe that there is another entity in Santa BarbaraCounty that has the infrastructure, capacity and neutrality to take over the Continuum of Care,” said Transition House Executive Director Kathleen Baushke, whose organization assists homeless families. “And we do feel that the county should continue to help our agencies bring these federal funds into our community.”

The Community Services Department also will run the Homeless Management Information System.

While the Board of Supervisors no longer headlines local CoC efforts, it was asked for additional funds to help the county’s CoC program operate more efficiently.

The Community Services Department requested $137,000 to fund the equivalent of one additional full-time position to assist with collaborative applicant operations and to assist with grant administration for the clean and sober living and Lompoc transformative housing projects. This request will be further addressed during the county’s budget discussions next week. CSD’s current CoC-related operations run the department $194,153.

“Everybody wants the county to be at the table and bring the checkbook,” said Adam, who wanted more evidence that county’s efforts and investments had reduced the number of area homeless.

Comparable counties currently allocate approximately two to three times the professional resources currently provided to the county’s CoC efforts, according to C3H.

C3H, as lead agency, does not fall under the county government heading. However, the collaborative is not devoid of Board of Supervisor input. Third District Supervisor Doreen Farr chairs the C3H’s policy council, and 5th District Supervisor Steve Lavagnino also sits on the council.

Pacific Western Bank donates $25,000

April 5, 2014  |  Article, News  | 

SM TimesRona_SMTimes_WeberSusan Weber, executive vice president of Pacific Western, presents a $25,000 check to Rona Barrett for the Rona Barrett Foundation.

April 05, 2014 12:00 am

Susan Weber, executive vice president of Pacific Western, presented a $25,000 check to Rona Barrett for the Rona Barrett Foundation.

“We are proud to support the important work that the Rona Barrett Foundation does on behalf of vulnerable seniors,” said Weber. “We look forward to the opening of The Golden Inn & Villages in Santa Ynez, which will hopefully become a model for senior living across the country.”

Rona Barrett Foundation, a non-profit organization, seeks to provide solutions to affordable housing and supportive services for seniors in need with the development of The Golden Inn & Village, where seniors may access a variety of care that meets their needs as they age in place.