Thanksgiving starts in the garden for Crane students

By Mary Lee Wren Each year in the fall, Crane School’s fifth-grade students harvest veggies from the school’s garden beds and prepare a big pot of soup for their class. They use a pitchfork to gently pry each carrot loose from the dirt. “We grow heirloom varieties,” Elizabeth Del Negro, garden coordinator and educator, told students. “They’re so sweet and […]

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Giving thanks

By Susan Salcido, Santa Barbara County Superintendent of Schools Thanksgiving is a particularly special holiday, due in large part to the opportunity it affords us to think of friends and families near and far.  As many of us will soon be sharing special time together with our loved ones, it is an appropriate time to reflect on the many things for which we are thankful. We at the […]

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Food for Fines Library Overdue Fines Reduced $2 per Donated Item

Santa Barbara Public Library members will be able to pay down overdue fines on their accounts between December 1 and December 14, 2017 by bringing items of food to the library to be donated to the Unity Shoppe of Santa Barbara. The Food for Fines program will be in effect at the Central Library, located at 40 E. Anapamu St., and the Eastside Library, at 1102 […]

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Free community cumbia and Afro-beats rhythm groups

Contributed ¡Viva el Arte de Santa Bárbara! opens its 13th season with Buyepongo – tropical cumbia and Afro-beat rhythms –  in free events at Isla Vista School, Friday, September 29, 7 pm; at Guadalupe City Hall, Saturday, September 30, 7 pm, and at The Marjorie Luke Theatre at Santa Barbara Junior High on Sunday, October 1, 7 pm. Warm up for the concert […]

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All for Animals – and People Too

Santa Barbara reading program and therapy dog training nonprofit group celebrating 20 years By Leah Etling Growing up in Santa Barbara, Karen Lee Stevens recalls a pretty perfect childhood revolving around two of her favorite things: reading and animals. “My mom fostered a love of books, and my dad fostered a love of animals. I was very lucky. Not all […]

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SBCC career skills institute registration open

SBCC Career Skills Institute is gearing up for a summer full of opportunities for local employees and job-seekers to gain the skills to advance in today’s workplace. Twenty-five convenient, short courses in business, design and technology are offered tuition-free this summer, including courses required to earn two of the Career Skills Institute’s most popular digital badges. The Career Skills Institute is […]

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MOXI science, tech museum opens

Hands-on science experiences designed for kids and adults Staff Report Stepping inside a larger-than life guitar to learn how instruments produce sound is just one of the exciting interactive exhibits that has opened at the long-awaited MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration and Innovation. Santa Barbara’s newest hands-on science and technology museum opened its doors on Saturday, Feb. 25, to […]

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Teen Star performers chosen for finale on Feb. 25

After months of preparation and three big days of auditions from some of Santa Barbara’s most talented teenagers, Teen Star is proud to announce the top ten finalists who will perform and compete in the Showcase Finale on February 25 at the Arlington Theatre. These young singers have been selected after interviewing and auditioning before a panel of judges, and the top 10 will go […]

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PathPoint receives donation from Real Estate Agents’ Foundation

Staff Report The real estate agents who comprise the Santa Barbara chapter of The Charitable Foundation have made a donation to PathPoint, a nonprofit that helps disabled and disadvantaged individuals on their path to self-sufficiency. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties agents and employees contribute a portion of their commissions or salaries to the Foundation, which in turn distributes it as […]

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Santa Barbara Public Library to Host Community Conversations

Libraries are evolving. While lending books and providing internet access will always be core Library services, changes in technology and the way information is shared create challenges and opportunities that Santa Barbara Public Library is prepared to address. The Santa Barbara Public Library is committed to continuing to provide innovative events and services that meet the needs of the community, […]

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