The Santa Barbara City College Alumni Association invites anyone who has ever attended a class at SBCC, or is a friend or fan of the College to attend its “Friends of SBCC” tailgate party on Saturday, November 9 from 4-6 pm.
The celebration will be held on the SBCC Campus in the John Dunn Gourmet Dining Room prior to the Vaqueros’ game against Glendale, which marks their final home contest of the regular season. SBCC football is currently 6-2 on the season after going undefeated through its first six games of the year.
The tailgate party will include heavy appetizers, beer, and wine provided by Deep Sea Winery of Santa Barbara. Tickets to the tailgate event are $10 and can be purchased HERE.
After the party, attendees are invited to La Playa Stadium to cheer on the Vaqueros from the comfort of the Skybox overlooking the stadium. The football game’s kickoff is scheduled for 6 pm.
“We are so excited to be hosting the Alumni Association’s first tailgate party and hope that alumni, along with their friends and family, will come out and join us to meet and greet and reconnect with the college,” said Robyn Parker, Alumni Association President.
The SBCC Alumni Association aims to unite alumni for the purpose of opening doors through the development of mutually beneficial relationships and also encourages alumni still living in the area to stay connected to the College.
Former Santa Barbara City College students interested in learning more about the Alumni Association can visit SBCCalumni.org.
Clubs UNITE this November and December for Kids in our Communities
This fall, listen out for and reach out to the United Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Barbara County, as they present their Campaign for Kids. The United Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Barbara County will host and participate in events in- and outside their typical club setting— and reconnect with their communities as active participants and important members.
The United Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Barbara County is a non-profit organization that provides a safe, positive environment for youth between the ages of 5-18 years of age. United Boys & Girls Clubs operate to meet a community need and exist through donations and community support.
“Our vision is to provide a safe club experience with an emphasis on education within our communities that assures a successful future for every child in a healthy, caring, and positive environment,” said Gina Carbajal, Executive Director of the United Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Barbara County. “We encourage each child to reach their full potential.”
The United Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Barbara County offer a wide range of programs and services in five core areas: Character and Leadership Development; Education and Career Development; Health and Life Skills; the Arts and Sports, Fitness and Recreation. Today, the United Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Barbara County strive to meet the financial demand of helping kids to meet life’s challenges. In order to sustain the resources that deliver these programs to their club members, the Campaign for Kids encourages the community to embrace them with even more generosity than in the past.
The Campaign for Kids seeks to reconnect and forge new community friendships. Parents and children of all ages are welcome this November and December to participate in events designed to recognize the vitality and impact of the United Boys &Girls Clubs in the communities of their four clubhouses: Carpinteria, Santa Barbara Westside, Goleta, Lompoc; and the Camp Whittier campsite.
This fall, be active in your community and join the United Boys &Girls Clubs of Santa Barbara County Campaign for Kids. Every donation helps!
Wonders of Weaving group in collaboration with Santa Barbara Fiber Arts Guild is holding a “WoW”’ sale featuring one-of-a-kind creations, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 8-10, at the Grassini Family Vineyards Tasting Room at 813 Anacapa Street, Ste. 6 El Paseo, Santa Barbara.
Wonders of Weaving is a group of individuals devoted to saving Santa Barbara’s 60-year-old Floor Loom Weaving Class at the Center for Lifelong Learning (CLL, formerly SBCC Adult Ed.).
Proceeds from this sale will offset an increase of over 300 percent in CLL fees. Funds raised will help encourage new students as well as maintain current class members.
For more information, call 452-9737 or visit www.sbfiberarts.com .
Many of us know the basics of healthy eating, but are we making the best decisions when it comes to what we eat? Creating good eating habits takes a lot of practice and the earlier those habits begin, the better. This is the focus of our Kid’s Farmers Market Program – to introduce food literacy at a young age, setting the foundation for a lifetime of healthy eating habits. The intent of all food banks is to provide food to the community through different outlets and non-profit member agencies; however, we realize that providing food to our community isn’t enough to fulfill our mission of ending hunger and transforming the health of our county. We need to go further, teaching families the value of good nutrition and a healthy lifestyle.
One simple way to teach healthy eating habits is by encouraging kids to eat more fruits and vegetables. Our program brings unlikely foods together in a healthy recipe that the kids can then share at home with their family. Recipes’ such as our Colorful Kale Salad and our Orange-tastic smoothie incorporate fruits and vegetables in a fun, delicious way. Our goal is to captivate the young audience and, dare we say, create healthy eating habits.
Kale, pumpkins, and broccoli are just a few of the “special ingredients” the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County uses for our Kid’s Farmers Market program. Starting with only 2 pilot sites, Kid’s Farmers Market has now grown to 25 sites countywide including 3 new sites this year with the help of the National Dairy Council and Feeding America.
By integrating nutritional lessons within afterschool programs at Boys & Girls Clubs, YMCA’s, and After School Education and Safety programs, we train community leaders to become Nutrition Educators at different program sites. Each month the sites receive a lesson with a different seasonal fruit or vegetable as the focal point for a smaller group of students. Afterward the kids participate in a smaller version of a farmer’s market where the kids can choose their own fresh produce to take home and share with their family.
Our Nutrition Educators engage the kids by having them look, touch, taste, and smell new fruits and vegetables that they may not ordinarily find in their homes. Maybe they don’t remember every vitamin, but they remember the experience and how easy it can be to eat healthy. Each lesson is a new experience for the kids, and even if they haven’t seen a green smoothie before or aren’t familiar with kale, they’re all willing to try it (and ask for more!).
Through a $10,000 grant from the National Dairy Council, we are now able to expand this program to three additional sites in the areas of Santa Barbara County where resources fall short, where free and reduced meal percentages are above 89.9%, and nutritional needs are high. With this funding we are able to bring this program to low-income areas to build their awareness on healthy eating habits and play a part in a greater movement in Santa Barbara County.
Eloisa Chavez, a Los Angeles native, came to the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County with the desire to help others in her new community of Santa Barbara, CA. Before settling as the Community Programs Coordinator, Chavez previously worked in various positions at the Foodbank within the Agency Relations and Development Departments. She now coordinates the Kid’s Farmers Market, BackPack, and Brown Bag programs countywide.
Foodbank seeks to raise $25,000 and collect 3,000 turkeys for local families in need through countywide Turkey Drive kicking-off November 1st
Source: FOODBANK OF SANTA BARBARA COUNTY
With November just around the corner, the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County is busy preparing for their annual community Turkey Drive and has some exciting news to share! This year, Wells Fargo will be sponsoring the Turkey Drive with a $25,000 one to one matching grant. Beginning on Thursday, November 1st, Foodbank invites the community to provide the key ingredient to the Thanksgiving holiday meal for local families in need. The annual Turkey Drive kicks-off countywide on November 1st and runs through Friday, November 22nd.
Both monetary donations as well as donations of turkeys and chickens can be made during the drive. Foodbank’s goal is to raise $25,000 to support holiday distribution and collect 3,000 turkeys in order to help families carry on the tradition of taking part in a warm Thanksgiving meal with loved ones. Turkey donations will be matched at $15 each.
“Wells Fargo knows how many families depend on the services of the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County, especially now as we near the holidays,” said Joe Mathai Wells Fargo Valley Coastal President. “Being able to offer food and assistance to those in need is crucial. We hope the Santa Barbara community joins us in our support of this great organization and helps them continue the great work they do for our community.”
“Thanksgiving is our country’s most important reminder of the benefits of coming together around a meal,” said Erik Talkin,CEO, Foodbank of Santa Barbara County. “With support from the community and sponsors like Wells Fargo, Foodbank strives to make this time of year a joyous one for all, especially those who might otherwise have gone without.”
The Foodbank is well on its way towards this goal with the Wells Fargo matching challenge, and a generous donation from the Bartleson family, who will donate 100 frozen turkeys to the Foodbank’s Santa Maria location to kickoff the drive. Also rising to the occasion are those at Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) who is providing a $5,000 cash donation toward the drive. Other organizations, individuals or businesses are encouraged to participate in the drive.
Contributions can be dropped off in both Santa Maria and Santa Barbara locations:
Drop-offs can be made at the Santa Maria Foodbank facility located on 490 W. Foster Road, from 7:30am to 3:30pm on weekdays
Though Foodbank is only open on weekdays, they will open their facilities during a one-day event on Saturday, November 16 from 8:00am to 3:00pm to allow those who can’t stop by during regular weekday hours to make a donation
Sunday, Nov 17th – Four churches in Montecito as part of their M-4 Turkey Wranglers campaign will be collecting turkeys for Foodbank (Montecito Covenant Church, All Saints by the Sea Episcopal Church, El Montecito Presbyterian Church, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church)
Drop-offs can also be made at the Santa Barbara Foodbank facility located on 4554 Hollister Avenue, from 7:30am to 3:30pm on weekdays
Though Foodbank is only open on weekdays, they will open their facilities during a one-day event on Saturday, November 16 from 8:00am to 3:00pm to allow those who can’t stop by during regular weekday hours
Online Fund Donations
Individuals can also donate funds electronically at https://secure.qgiv.com/for/fosbc/event/39885.
To see updates on the Foodbank’s Turkey Drive campaign or for more information, visit www.foodbanksbc.org/turkeydrive.html. For more information or to volunteer during the Turkey Drive or holiday season, please visit Foodbank at www.foodbanksbc.org or call (805) 967-5741.
About the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County
The Foodbank is celebrating over 30 years of eliminating hunger and food insecurity by distributing nutritious food, education, and other resources through its own programs and to a network of over 300 member non-profit partners and programs in Santa Barbara County. Last year, the Foodbank distributed the resources for more than 8.5 million meals – of which fully half was fresh produce. This served over 102,000 unduplicated people from Carpinteria to Santa Maria, an amazing 1 in 4 people. For the fifth consecutive time, the Foodbank has recently been given a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest and most-utilized independent evaluator of charities. Only 4% of the charities rated have received at least 5 consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that Foodbank of Santa Barbara County outperforms most other charities in America. More information at www.foodbanksbc.org.
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, November’s tea party will be Pilgrims and Indians themed with residents and guests dancing to husband and wife duo Trudy and Oscar while paying tribute to the Dream Foundation and its Flower Empower program.
Garden Court senior residents enjoy their partnership with Dream Foundation’s Flower Empower program, where residents are taught how to make beautiful bouquets for the community. They enjoy assembling a variety of wonderful floral arrangements for patients and residents of organizations like Cottage Hospital, Serenity House, nursing homes, as well as the homes of individuals.
Many of Garden Court’s 97 seniors, age 62 or older, are longtime Santa Barbara-area residents who worked all their lives serving the Santa Barbara community as laborers, nurses, business owners and teachers.
These residents are spending their golden years as an active part of the community they helped to shape and tend. Some residents have moved to Santa Barbara in more recent years to be closer to families who live here, and to enjoy those relationships without “becoming a burden.”
Garden Court is dedicated to providing opportunities for residents to connect with the community by bringing in groups to engage with the residents at Garden Court. Residents also participate in the Santa Barbara community in other ways, such as volunteering and fundraising for local charities.
— Flannery Hill is a publicist representing Garden Court.
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, the 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 SBCC Department of Financial Aid website from Jan. 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, click here or view the 2012-13 Annual Report. For more information, or if you are interested in establishing a scholarship as SBCC, please contact Erica Mesker at [email protected].
— Erica Mesker is a development associate for the SBCC Foundation.