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    • 09 Mar 2017
    • 02 Jan 2018
    • 82 sessions
    • See event details (Hendry's Beach)

    Join us at Hendry's Beach (aka Arroyo Burro Beach County Park) every Tuesday and Thursday morning at 8:45. We walk the beach, visit, make new friends and catch up with old friends, spot whales and dolphins and get fresh air and exercise. Some of us walk fast, and some of us stroll. Then we gather at the picnic tables and visit some more. Sometimes there is food to share. 

    Contact Karen Kaiser (karenkaiser@comcast.net) with any questions.

    Hendry's Beach/Arroyo Burro is just west of the intersection of Cliff Drive and Las Positas Rd. (exit 100 on freeway). There is a large parking lot. We meet at the top of the stairs next to Boathouse at Hendry's Beach restaurant, 2981 Cliff Dr., Santa Barbara. The restaurant is located at the end of the parking lot right next to the ocean.

    • 03 Jul 2017
    • (PDT)
    • 02 Mar 2018
    • (PST)
    • 104 sessions
    • East Beach Grill, 1118, E. Cabrillo Blvd.

    Please join our group of 30 to 50 East Beach Walkers, consisting of Newcomers, Graduates, and longtime Santa Barbara residents, as we walk along the waterfront.

    There is no need to register, just join us in the parking lot on the west side of East Beach Grill, 1118, E. Cabrillo Blvd., to walk along the bike path from the grill to Sterns Wharf and back again, on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings. 

    walkingWe start walking promptly at 8:05 am, and walk at our own pace, while visiting with fellow walkers. It is about 3 miles to the pier and back, or 3 1/2 if you walk to the end of the pier, and takes 45 minutes to an hour, depending upon your pace. 

    Many stay after the walk to enjoy conversation at East Beach Grill upon our return. Coffee and food are available for purchase from the Grill. It is requested that those who stay and sit at a table, even if you do not order food or beverage, leave a tip of least a dollar. 

    Parking is free until 10 am, except on holidays.

    • 04 Sep 2017
    • 10 Sep 2018
    • 54 sessions
    • listed in event discription

    Mah Jongg 

    Mah Jongg is an ancient Chinese game with tiles. The game was adapted to the American version in the 1930's.  Newcomers, graduates, and friends all play together every Monday at High Sierra Bar and Grill,  521 Firestone, Goleta.  This is located next to the airport at Hollister/Augustus Griggs Place. Please bring your active Mah Jongg playing card and $5 for the use of the room. There is a "happy hour" starting at 4:00 for those of use who want to stick around and socialize.

    If you have never even seen the game before, you are encouraged to sign up for training which is held once per month. We will be happy to help you learn. 

    If you already know the game and want to meet players within our community, just drop in and join us. You can email us with any questions if you need more information.


    • 11 Sep 2017
    • 12 Feb 2018
    • 6 sessions
    • See location details.

    Our club is only as strong as our members. Stay involved with what is happening with the club by attending our Monthly Club Board Meeting. The meeting is required for all Officers and Committee Chairs/Co-Chairs but is open to all members. (If the Chair/Co-Chair cannot attend, an assigned committee member may attend in their place.) 

    For further details, contact the Club President at president@sbnewcomers.org


    The University Club of Santa Barbara

    1332 Santa Barbara St.

    Santa Barbara, CA  93101

    (805) 966 0853

    Look for the red Newcomers signs!

    For map, click here.

    • 11 Sep 2017
    • 12 Feb 2018
    • 6 sessions
    • The University Club of Santa Barbara 1332 Santa Barbara Street
    New in Town? Join us for a Reception followed by a Welcome to Newcomers Meeting

    On the second Monday of each month we host a Welcome Reception open to those new to Santa Barbara. Anyone who has moved to the Santa Barbara area within the last 18 months is encouraged to join us. This will be followed by a meeting for prospective and new members of the Santa Barbara Newcomers Club.

    Santa Barbara Newcomers Club is the biggest social club in all of Santa Barbara! By joining the club you are able to participate in lots of fun activities, meet great people and learn all about your new home town. Please join us at 6:30 p.m. for a Meet & Greet reception followed at 7:00 by an informational meeting which will promptly end at 8:00.

    We will give you all the details about this outstanding club including dues, how to register, what types of events are held, members, etc.




    For further details, please contact VP Membership at membership@sbnewcomers.org


    The University Club of Santa Barbara

    1332 Santa Barbara St.

    Santa Barbara, CA  93101

    (805) 966 0853

    Look for the red Newcomers signs!

    For map, click here.

    • 16 Sep 2017
    • 28 Oct 2017
    • 7 sessions
    • Andree Clark Bird Refuge Parking Lot

    Everyone Welcome... Runners, Run/Walkers, and Walkers!

    We meet every Saturday at 8am to run, jog, or walk together and then go for breakfast!

    The routes we take allow you to go as far or as short a distance as you wish. We typically run out and back (for about an hour or so)... some go 4 miles, others 6 or 7 miles, and some go even farther since they're training for full or half marathons.

    We are meeting at the Andree Clark Bird Refuge Parking Lot this saturday the 26th.

    We typically meet at Stearns Wharf by the restrooms near the Dolphin Fountain.  Look for the BRIGHT PINK hat! Park on Anacapa Street and walk to the wharf.  Breakfast afterwards at Lucky Penny, 127 Anacapa St!

    See you there!

    If you are joining SB Striders for the first time, please email us (sbstriders@sbnewcomers.org) so we don't leave you behind if you arrive late.

    We vary the starting locations and routes, so please remember to check the Newcomers calendar, the Santa Barbara Striders Facebook page, and/or Meetup for details.

    * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * 

    Our core group typically includes someone from each of these paces...

    •  9-10 min/mile runners (Phil, Janice, Tony, Richard, Andy, Alex)
    •  11-12 min/mi runners (Leslie, Greg)
    •  +13 min/mi joggers or walkers (Lisa, Heather, David, Susan, Gillian)

    Looking forward to seeing you.  Feel free to bring your friends as Strider events are free and open to the public.

    • 26 Sep 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Carlitos Café y Cantina - 1324 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
    • 6
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    ¿Aprendiste español y no tienes con quien hablarlo y practicarlo? ¿Naciste hablando español y sientes que te estás olvidando? 

    Entonces únete a nuestro grupo para hablar en español con gente súper simpática y divertida. 

    La próxima reunión será una cena en Carlitos Café y Cantina. La inscripción es $5. El comité proveerá los aperitivos. Cada uno es responsable de ordenar su plato principal y bebidas. 

    Carlitos Café y Cantina - 1324 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

    Hablamos solamente en español.

    English Translation:  

    Let's Speak Spanish: Did you learn Spanish and are fluent but don't have anyone with whom to speak and practice? Were you born speaking Spanish and feel that you are forgetting it? Then join our group to speak Spanish with super friendly and fun people. The next event will be a dinner at Carlitos Café and Cantina. Registration is $5.  The committee will provide the appetizers. Each person is responsible for ordering and paying for your own dinner and drinks.  WE WILL SPEAK ONLY IN SPANISH! (If you're a beginner, this one is not for you, sorry!)

    • 26 Sep 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 22 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

    lots of birthdays in september.  

    We are celebrating all the September Birthdays at 

    Municipal Winemakers on Tuesday, September 26th at 6 pm.

    Everybody is invited.  Come celebrate your Newcomer Friends' birthday.  

    $5 registration for appetizers, snacks, finger foods, etc.

    No need to register if you bring a snack.

    Birthday Cake Will Be Served

    Have some great food, great drinks and of course, great company!

    • 27 Sep 2017
    • 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
    • See event details
    • 6

    The Santa Barbara International Film Festival has found a new home: the historic Riviera Theatre!  

    Renovations were completed in August, transforming the Riviera into a state of the art movie theater and a cultural hub for all things film!

    Join us for a tour of this newly renovated theater. SBIFF staff will walk us through the history of the building, provide details about the renovations, and explain how SBIFF will utilize their new space. They will also provide a demonstration of the new sound and projection systems. 

    Our tour will end at the concession stand.  Ahhh, movie theater popcorn!

    • 27 Sep 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Listed event confirmation email.
    • 10

    Enjoy the Ultimate Cigar Party

    Open to everyone!

    Enjoy a relaxing evening at a Montecito estate that offers total privacy amidst a lushly landscaped setting. A water fountain quietly echo's through this intimate garden space.  Terraced gardens surround an authentic hacienda style main home that offers gorgeous views and gardens which lead to a pool.

    Spend a casual evening with friends while you indulge in a fine assortment of cheeses, salads, nibbles, wine, scotch and port wines. 

    Cigars will be available to purchase if you prefer not to bring your own. Cigar cutters and lighters will be provided.

    Bring some of your favorite cigars and smoke, share stories, talk about your cigars and enjoy the company of fellow Newcomers. 

    • 28 Sep 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Topa Topa Brewery - 120 Santa Barbara St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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    hosted by Jack Dye, owner of Topa Topa Brewing Co.

    Join us for a private tasting of a select flight of Topa Topa's beer and enjoy alongside sliders and sides provided by The Nook.  Learn about the different styles of beer, the beer making process, and the history of the company.

    Limited Designated Driver* spots available at a reduced rate. 

    *Designated Drivers will not receive a beer flight, but will enjoy the company and food provided at the event.

    • 28 Sep 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • See Event Details
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    We'll provide light snacks and water.  Also, instructions/mentors, and referees (if needed)!

    Feel free to bring your favorite beverage!

    LOCATION:  Address to be provided with registration.

    QUESTIONS?  Please email: games@sbnewcomers.org

    • 29 Sep 2017
    • 8:30 AM
    • Romero Canyon Trailhead

    No hike if raining.  Bring plenty of water.

    This is a Friday 8:30am meetup--no need to register.

    ROMERO CANYON – 8:30 AM-- Hiking Distance: 4 miles round trip. Elevation gain: 1200 feet. Hiking Time 2.5 hours or less (go at your pace). Difficulty: Moderate-Strenuous.  We will walk up the beautiful, well-shaded Romero Canyon trail to Old Romero Rd.  Hikers may elect to return on a gently sloping exposed road with spectacular views, or head back down the shady trail.  

    HOWEVER, THERE IS ALSO THE OPPORTUNITY FOR A GREAT HIKE TO THE TOP! Several hikers will extend the hike up the trail toward East Camino Cielo Rd. This is an option for anyone interested in REALLY SPECIAL VIEWS.

    DIRECTIONS: Meet at the Romero Canyon trail head on Bella Vista Rd.  Exit Fwy101 at Sheffield Dr (Exit #92) in Montecito [Sheffield is a LEFT LANE EXIT coming from Santa Barbara], turn toward the mountains and follow signs to Sheffield. About 1.4 miles after exiting the 101, Sheffield ends at E Valley Rd (CA-192). Turn left and then immediately right on to Romero Canyon Rd. Continue up Romero Canyon, bearing right to avoid entering Lilac Lane.  One mile after first entering Romero, turn right on to Bella Vista Dr. and go .3 miles to the trailhead on your left. During the week there is ample parking along the road.

     Hike Leader: Martina Kuhl

    Hope to see you there!

    • 29 Sep 2017
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • 4444 Hollister Ave, SB 93110

    Join us for TGIF!! At creekside restaurant and bar.

    The first time we've been here for TGIF.
    Tasty food options, corn hole, ping pong, pool... your Newcomer friends. What more could you ask for... ample parking? Got that too.
    4444 Hollister Ave, SB 93110

    • 01 Oct 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • 517 De La Vina Street (Between Cota and Haley)
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    Self Defense Workshop

    You don't have to be the strongest, just the smartest!

     We'll spend an hour with renowned instructor Teri Coffee McDuffie, increasing our safety knowledge, and learning options, strategies and techniques to avoid, confront, and escape situations. 

    This workshop was highly recommended by an SBNC member, and a group of graduates who took it recently.  Our cost is a big discount from the pubic offering.

    After class, we'll enjoy an optional brunch at a nearby restaurant.

    Questions: email solo@sbnewcomers.org

    • 01 Oct 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Listed in Event Confirmation
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    French Movie Night will be hosted at a Newcomer's home in Santa Barbara. We have several excellent movie options to choose from, so look forward to seeing you there!

    • 04 Oct 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Listed in Event Confirmation
    • 5


    The bestselling novel—a love story of race and identity—from the award-winning author of We Should All Be Feminists and Dear Ijeawele.

    Ifemelu and Obinze are young and in love when they depart military-ruled Nigeria for the West. Beautiful, self-assured Ifemelu heads for America, where despite her academic success, she is forced to grapple with what it means to be black for the first time. Quiet, thoughtful Obinze had hoped to join her, but with post-9/11 America closed to him, he instead plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London. Fifteen years later, they reunite in a newly democratic Nigeria, and reignite their passion—for each other and for their homeland.

    • 04 Oct 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • See Event Description
    • 5

    Join old and new friends for a casual happy hour -- wine, beer and appetizers included. 

    All Club members are welcome to register; some spaces are reserved especially for Newbies (< 90 days).  

    Any questions? Drop us a line at nicetomeet@sbnewcomers.org

    • 06 Oct 2017
    • 8:30 AM
    • West Cold Springs Trailhead

    West Fork Cold Springs Trail to Tangerine Falls. 

     No hike if raining.  Bring plenty of water.

      This is a Friday 8:30am meetup--no need to register.

    The trail to the top of Tangerine Falls is relatively strenuous climb of about 1100' over a total (roundtrip) distance of about 4 miles. We hike along a partially shaded trail.  While the Falls will be relatively dry this time of year, there is still much to see along the way and one can explore at the top.

    DIRECTIONS: Meet at the Cold Springs trailhead on E Mountain Dr., just east of the stream crossing. There is ample street parking on weekdays. From either direction on Fwy 101, exit at Olive Mill Road and turn toward the mountains. Continue up Olive Mill Rd 1.0 mile, crossing East Valley Rd where name changes to Hot Springs Rd. After another 1.0 mile turn left on East Mountain Drive. Go 1.1 miles to trailhead on the right, just before the creek crossing. (You’ll probably see cars and hikers when you first turn onto East Mountain Drive. That is another trailhead--do not stop.) Continue 1.1 miles.

     HIKE LEADER: Dave Ellenberger 

    Hope to see you there!


    • 06 Oct 2017
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Casa Blanca Restaurant & Cantina - 330 State Street

    Please join us as the TGIF tour visits another favorite venue, Casa Blanca Restaurant & Cantina.

    The beautiful exterior of Casa Blanca is just the beginning for diners entering Santa Barbara’s hottest new Mexican restaurant – rivaled only by the wondrous interior created by local renowned architect Jeff Shelton. Shelton included such features as solid black Acacia hand carved bar, 5,000 square feet of custom designed cement tile, and hand blown glass fixtures hanging from the ceiling. 

    If tequila is your thing, then Casa Blanca is the place for you. With over a 120 varieties in their bar, you’ll have a tough decision to make, but with their knowledgeable staff an educated choice will be a breeze.

    Stay for dinner and enjoy their delicious and innovative cuisine is created in their spacious display kitchen. Mexican classics like chile rellenos, tamales and fajitas, as well as specialties like the Puerco en salsa tomate. Patio dining, a private banquet facility – Casa Blanca is a joy for all the senses.

    See you on the 6th! Click Here for Directions



    • 07 Oct 2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • Santa Barbara Area

    Social Hiking At a Relaxed Pace (S.H.A.R.P.)

    Saturday, October 7 9:00 AM


    Santa Barbara Botanic Garden - 


    Entrance fee: $10 ($8 for 60+)

    The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is a great place to explore California's native plant diversity – and we’ll visit when the meadow wildflowers should be in bloom! The Garden's 78 acres encompass a variety of cultivated displays, stands of natural coast live oak, riparian woodlands, a redwood grove, an authentic Japanese teahouse, and the 1807 Mission dam and aqueduct system.

    Total hike distance is approximately three miles, with some hillside trails/walkways. Dogs on leash are welcome.

    No need to register. Just show up. Rain cancels. Bring water and sunblock.  Please note: Each attendee is responsible for her/his entrance fee.

    Directions: From Foothill Road (Route 192) turn onto Mission Canyon Road, traveling toward the mountains.  After driving approximately one mile, turn left at 1212 Mission Canyon Road into the Botanic Garden parking lot.  (Pass the parking lot exit and look for a large sign about 1/10 mile further on at the parking lot entrance.)  We will meet in the parking lot near the entry kiosk.

    Questions? Contact sharp@sbnewcomers.org

    • 07 Oct 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • 800 Linden Avenue Carpinteria info@avofest.com
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    ALL ABOARD for the Carpinteria Avocado Festival

    Back by popular demand!  Last year the group had a blast, so join us and take Amtrak to the AVOFEST at the fairgrounds in Carpinteria.  You'll meet up with Newcomers whether you start your Amtrak adventure at the Goleta or Santa Barbara train station.

    Contact Vicky Lorelli and/or Bethany Tomerlin if you have questions.

    Purchase your Amtrak ticket:

    SB to Carp $17 9:27 am return 2:47 pm; 5:22 or 9:22 pm

    Goleta to Carp $26 9:13 am return 2:52 pm; 5:22 or 9:22 pm

    **Amtrak discounts of approximately $4 for age 62+

    Register for this event ONLY if you also want to join us for the Newcomers lunch at the Corktree Wine Bar& Bistro.

    Purchase your train ticket on your own ahead of time on the Amtrak website:


    When arriving in Carpinteria gather at the train landing platform for directions and a brief, informative meet-up. Then explore the Avocado Festival on your own or in groups until lunchtime. We will meet promptly at

    11:45 at the Corktree Wine Bar & Bistro for a delicious meal. Please be prepared to pay for the meal of your choice in cash if possible.  

    Corktree Wine Bar & Bistro, 910 Linden Ave.

    Name tags and meal ticket forms will be available at the Bistro

    • 08 Oct 2017
    • 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club, 3375 Foothill Rd, Carpinteria
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    See what everyone is talking about!

    Nestled between the Pacific Coast Ocean and the Southern California foothills lies the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club. As you drive along the scenic coast, look out for the American and California flags flying high over the club entrance.

     Arrive in your Sunday Polo attire complete with the requisite large hat, or don your favorite chic outfit for an afternoon of adrenaline pumping action. Watch the riveting FINAL match of the season. You'll have access to the Polo Grill, bars, boutique and an After Party (post the main match).

    Come join us for a day in the Santa Barbara sun while the sport of kings pulses past you.

    Tony Henkins will greet you near your reserved seat!

    Main Match check in time is 2:30pm, at our Engel & Völkers Polo Stadium. This is followed by the Pony Parade, anthem singer, team introduction and then the ball throw in at 3:00pm. 

    • 08 Oct 2017
    • 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM
    • TBD

    Join us for a Sunday afternoon movie!  All are welcome (Newcomers, Graduates, Friends, Family.

    The chosen movie, time and location will be posted here a few days beforehand, so please check back!

    • 10 Oct 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Armada Wine & Beer Merchant 1129A State St. Santa Barbara, CA 93101


    New start time: 6 pm

    Armada Wine & Beer Merchant 

    Come welcome new club members at Armada Wine & Beer Merchant, which offers a great selection of wines by the glass as well as craft beer. We will have an extended happy hour with $6 glasses of wine and $1 off beer/cider until 7 pm. For those who come with an appetite, you will be able to order from Savoy Cafe and have your food delivered to you at Armada. 

    So come enjoy some wine, food, and general revelry!

    • 11 Oct 2017
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • See event details

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    Join this trolley of newcomers for a two-hour narrated tour around Santa Barbara.  We will visit some familiar sites, as well as some places you may have never seen!  Come away with some little known facts about the history of Santa Barbara - guaranteed to impress your friends!

    Afterwards, join us for a no-host lunch at a nearby restaurant. (Optional)   

    • 12 Oct 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • 50 Los Patios Way, Santa Barbara
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    Stella Mare's Bistro focuses on French Country Bistro Cuisine, emphasizing on classic & seasonal dishes paired with French & American wines. They also offer a wide selection of beers as well as handcrafted cocktails from their full bar.

    French Country Bistro designs meets casual Santa Barbara in their historic landmark house on the Bird Refuge.

    Go to www.stellamares.com for your menu options.

    Stellar Mare's Bistro     50 Los Patios Way

    • 12 Oct 2017
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Location listed in Registration Confirmation
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    Mah Jongg Training

    Mah Jongg is an ancient Chinese game with tiles. The game was adapted to the American version in the 1930's. The class will run from 3:00 - 5:00pm.

    Mah Jong is FUN, Mah Jongg is social. Classes are limited to 4 people so sign up early.

    If you have never even seen the game before, you are encouraged to sign up. We will be happy to help you learn. If you already know the game and want to meet players within our community, send us an email and we will help you out

    • 12 Oct 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 801 State Street, Santa Barbara 93101

    Fall is here and it's time for Oktoberfest! 

    Join us after work for a young professionals happy hour at the Hoffman Brat Haus!

    This unique SB venue has a long list of European beers and brats to try. 


    We will gather upstairs and there will be live music.

    No registration needed. Just show up. Friends Welcome!

    • 12 Oct 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • The home of Gary and Katrin Robbins
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    The Santa Barbara Mayoral Election is November 7, who will you vote for? The path to victory is not very clear for Hal Conklin, Frank Hotchkiss, Angel Martinez, Cathy Murillo and Bendy White

    The leading 2017 Santa Barbara mayoral candidates are, from left, Frank Hotchkiss, Harwood “Bendy” White, Angel Martinez, Cathy Murillo and Hal Conklin.Click to view larger

    We often focus exclusively on National Politics but local issues usually affect us more. What are the issues? What are the candidates plans? We will discuss the candidates' manifestos and whether they address the needs of Santa Barbara, leaving us all better informed about who we may vote for.

    • 13 Oct 2017
    • 8:30 AM
    • Jesusita Trailhead

    Arroyo Burro Trail from Cater Filtration Plant

     No hike if raining.  Bring plenty of water.