The Sandwich Brigade lines up to feed mudslide relief volunteers

By Tracie Simolon for Our Lady of Mount Carmel School Parents and middle-school students from Our Lady of Mount Carmel School and Church in Montecito came together on Feb. 16 to prepare sack lunches for this weekend’s Bucket Brigade volunteers, who are working on relief efforts following the disastrous debris flow in Montecito. The lunches include hand-print cards thanking the […]

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FSA offering group, individual recovery help  

Staff Report In addition to its regular services, the Family Service Agency (FSA) is providing mental health counseling at a variety of locations and starting a support group in Santa Barbara to help people cope with the tragedies from the Montecito mudslides. “We all process trauma differently,” said Executive Director Lisa Brabo. “Many people in our community are finding themselves, […]

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Search Crews Find Body of Mother Missing in Montecito Floods

By Tom Bolton The remains of one of three people still missing from the Montecito flooding and mud flow were recovered Saturday, according to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department. Just before 10 a.m., the body of Faviola Benitez Calderon, 28, was located on the 100 block of Santo Tomas Lane near Olive Mill Road and above Coast Village Road, according to Kelly […]

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Sea Center Offers Free Admission for Underwater Parks Day Festival

The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center located on Stearns Wharf is offering free admission to its Underwater Parks Day Festival this Saturday, January 20th as a gift to the community following the Thomas Fire and mudslides in Montecito. In partnership with the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary and Santa Barbara Channelkeeper, the Underwater Parks Day Festival celebrates Marine […]

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Santa Barbara Symphony to Present Free Benefit Concert

The Santa Barbara Symphony, in partnership with Montecito Bank & Trust and the Santa Barbara Center for the Performing Arts, invites the community to gather on Thursday, January 18, at 7:30 p.m. in the Granada Theatre for a free concert featuring guitarist and artist-in-residence Pablo Sáinz Villegas accompanied by a small orchestra. Montecito Bank & Trust volunteers will be on hand to collect donations […]

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To Help Storm Victims, Give to Verified Relief Agencies

By Santa Barbara County Joint Information Center Firefighters appreciate that the community wants to make donations of food, clothing and money, but they want the community to know they are adequately taken care of and ask that people donate to disaster relief organizations such as the American Red Cross, Foodbank of Santa Barbara County, etc. United Way of Santa Barbara County […]

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