Local nonprofit gets boost from lighting company

Staff Report Unite To Light, a nonprofit group in Santa Barbara that provides portable, solar-powered lamps to people and communities without electricity, has partnered with California-based lighting manufacturer LUX LED Lighting to give light to those in need this holiday season. Unite to Light steps in to help communities that need lighting whether from disaster, lack of infrastructure, or inability […]

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Thomas Fire burns 234,200 acres as of Tuesday, fire crews stage at Cachuma Lake

Staff Report The thousands of fire personnel from several western states and many counties throughout California enjoy a much needed break from the ever growing Thomas Fire that is continuing to rage into Santa Barbara County Tuesday. The fire is currently at 234,200 acres and has destroyed 889 structures and damaged an additional 182, according to fire officials. “We work […]

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Aceves, Ramsdell top list of ‘Goleta’s Finest’

By Cortney Hebert Roger Aceves and Karen Ramsdell were named Goleta’s man and woman of the year on Sunday, Dec. 2, while John Dent was named educator of the year and Lisa Rivas the volunteer of the year. Nearly a dozen individuals, businesses and groups were honored with the Goleta Chamber of Commerce’s 2017 “Goleta’s Finest Awards,” a 68-year tradition to […]

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Shelter Box USA hires volunteer program manager

Staff Report ShelterBox USA, the U.S.-based affiliate of one of the world’s leading disaster relief and humanitarian aid organizations, has announced Hannah Rael as its new volunteer program manager. Rael has more than six years of experience in nonprofit public relations and marketing, as well as journalism. “Hannah is an enthusiastic and driven communications professional whose experience is matched only […]

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Granada seeking more volunteers

By Jacqueline McGuan The Granada Theatre is accepting applications for its Volunteer Ambassador Program. Created in 2008 after the renovation of The Granada was complete, the program has more than 125 volunteers who work as ambassadors for the theater with the community and serve a key role in delivering the best possible guest experience for every performance. Interested applicants are […]

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Local UN Association awards its first Peace Prize

Staff Report The United Nations Association of Santa Barbara & Tri Counties has awarded its inaugural Santa Barbara Peace Prize to environmental leader Rinaldo S. Brutoco, founding president of the World Business Academy, which now in its 30th year. The local United Nations Association (UNA) was started in 1947 and is the oldest chapter in the nation. The UNA has […]

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Hospice of Santa Barbara Light Up A Life Ceremony in Carpinteria Rescheduled Due to Thomas Fire

Hospice of Santa Barbara looks forward to joining the community to celebrate and honor the lives of their loved ones at its annual Light Up A Life ceremony in Carpinteria. However due to the effects of the Thomas Fire, the Carpinteria Light Up A Life event planned for December 9, has been rescheduled to 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 16, at the Seal Fountain at Linden Plaza, Linden Avenue. Additionally, […]

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Santa Barbara December Events Calendar

December Events 6 The Way it Was – 11 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum – lecture by columnist Hattie Beresford from the Montecito Journal. For more info and tickets log onto www.sbhistorical.org/event/1929/. Celebrate the Season – 7 p.m. Unitarian Society Sanctuary, 1535 Santa Barbara St. Pacific Sound men’s a cappella chorus will perform. For more info and […]

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Jewish teens eligible for Diller scholarships

Staff Report The Helen Diller Family Foundation is seeking nominations of five Jewish teenagers in California who could each win a $36,000 scholarship for “extraordinary leadership in repairing the world.” The foundation, a supporting foundation of the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties, will give out the 2018 Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards. Now […]

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