Shared Interest Group Events

Enjoy learning about wines? How about discussing the latest bestseller or playing bridge? Whether gardening or writing, we offer a wide range of special interest activities. Join others who share your passion or start a new activity group yourself.

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Upcoming events

    • 27 Jun 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • At host's home
    • 11

    Come join us for an unforgettable evening of food and fun.  

    Multiple tables available to match your experience level. 

    There is a $10 chip buy-in at the experienced player tables. This money is for poker play only and all money is paid out to the winners. No 2nd chance buy in. Limits are set low to extend play time.

    If needed, we will have a beginners table... NO BUY IN and you play and win Chocolate Coins!

    $7 Registration fee is 
    for snacks and water only. 

    Please bring your favorite beverage.

    Location:  Will be in registration email. 

    • 29 Jun 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • See Event Details
    • 8

    Count on big laughs when you and our friends get together to find out who's an artist and who really isn't! In this quick-draw classic, the guesses can be just as hilarious as the sketches, making it the perfect way to get the party started. 

    We'll provide light snacks (chips, dips, nuts, etc) and water.  Also, instructions/mentors, and referees (if needed)!

    Please bring your favorite beverage!

    LOCATION:  Address to be provided with registration.


    QUESTIONS?  Please email: games@sbnewcomers.org

    • 30 Jun 2017
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Belmond El Encanto Hotel - 800 Alvarado Place

    Please join us at one of the more exclusive venues on the TGIF tour, The Fireside Room and Patio at the Belmond El Encanto Hotel.

    One of the most iconic hotels in Santa Barbara, Belmond El Encanto sits high in the hills amid lush gardens with views across the town and ocean. Santa Barbara’s only Forbes Five-Star resort is an enchanting hideaway for those who cherish privacy and serenity. A landmark since the 1920s, its original architectural features have been lovingly brought back to life, while modern additions include an expansive outdoor swimming pool and beautiful boutique spa. 

    True to its Californian roots, this luxury hotel combines glamour with laid-back style.

    Complimentary valet parking will be available and if you are interested in dining afterward you can make a reservation by calling 805-770-3530 or booking it online

    Please remember that this venue only accepts cash when ordering drinks. Also, cocktail or resort attire preferred.

    See you on the 30th! Click Here for Directions



    • 05 Jul 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Listed in Event Confirmation
    • 1

    The Light Between Oceans

    A captivating, beautiful, and stunningly accomplished debut novel that opens in 1918 Australia - the story of a lighthouse keeper and his wife who make one devastating choice that forever changes two worlds.

    Winner of the BookBrowse 2012 Best Fiction Book Award

    A captivating, beautiful, and stunningly accomplished debut novel that opens in 1918 Australia - the story of a lighthouse keeper and his wife who make one devastating choice that forever changes two worlds.

    Australia, 1926. After four harrowing years fighting on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns home to take a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, nearly half a day's journey from the coast. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes once a season and shore leaves are granted every other year at best, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel. Years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel hears a baby's cries on the wind. A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby.  

    • 07 Jul 2017
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Deep Sea Wine Tasting Room - 217 G, Stearns Wharf

    It has been quite a while but Newcomers is returning to the sea, Deep Sea Wine Tasting Room on Stearn's Wharf. 

    The Deep Sea Wine Tasting Room, home of Conway Family Wines has recently renovated space that features 360 degree views of the Pacific coastline, Channel Islands, Santa Barbara Harbor and the Riviera. 

    Conway Family Wines is based in Santa Barbara County, where much of the land that is planted to grapevines is located twenty miles or less from the Pacific Ocean.  Coastal air is cooler than inland regions, and the geology of the land in Santa Barbara County lends itself to trapping cool air and moisture in the valleys.  Grapes grown in these areas are positively impacted by what they call the “ocean effect”.  This effect allows the grapes used for Deep Sea to ripen over a longer period of time.  The slow, steady development of this fruit leads to the perfect balance they look for when measuring sugar, acidity, and maturity of flavors that signify it is time to harvest.  This is a good thing, because wines from our area are known for having great balance, bright acidity, and of course beautiful California fruit.  They strive to capture all of those elements in their Deep Sea wines.

    There is no better place to sip and savor Conway Family Wines, all while taking in the breathtaking views from their outdoor deck overlooking the Pacific Ocean.   

    See you on the 7th! Click Here for Directions


    • 07 Jul 2017
    • 6:30 PM

    It's time again for Friday night movies at the Sunken Garden, Santa Barbara Courthouse!

    Put out your Park & Rec approved "permeable blankets (no plastic/nylon/tarps) and low-backed, low to the ground chairs" at noon.  Then have fun at TGIF and join us at the movie

    FREE!  Bring snacks and drinks for yourself or to share :)

    No sign up needed. Look for the black balloons, in honor of Sir Roger Moore's recent death.

    • 08 Jul 2017
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • See event details
    • 12

     Not So Camera Shy—Photograph a Dancer on the Beach!  

    Learn how to take a better portrait and to capture the beauty of “dance” while utilizing one of Santa Barbara’s beautiful beaches as a backdrop. Join us July 8, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Shoreline Beach (take beach steps down to water at Shoreline Park/Shoreline Drive and Santa Rosa Place) where we’ll photograph Dancer, Choreographer, and Artist, Shelby Lynn Joyce.  We’ll work with Shelby to create a variety of scenarios that will allow you to hone your photographic skills, including, lighting, movement, composition, directing a model, and more. Event open to 15 budding photographers! DSLR, iPhone, or Point and Shoot. 

    • 09 Jul 2017
    • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Address will be Sent to Registrants
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      Beret  Baguette  

      Sunday July 9 at 4 PM  

    All Things French presents Beret Baguette which is another Parisian event to celebrate biking, French style and another excuse for a picnic - Parisian Style.

    We will meet at the East Beach Grill parking lot which is a good easy meeting place. You can rent a bike at lower State Street if you do not have one. 

    Please arrive dressed in your most creative Parisian style with picnic to enjoy when we stop at Shoreline Park where we will relax, mingle and picnic.

    Sunday is busy on the waterfront with the Artist walk - if you choose to walk rather than bike with us parking may be found at the Garden Street lot or up at Shoreline Park as well.

    This event is free and open to all. We ask for registrations so that we can have a general idea of who will be joining us.

    The Ride: This is a fun ride, more of a parade, for 3 miles from the East Beach Grill to Shoreline Park.

    Here are some pictures to explain how to dress. 

    This blog provides a very good explanation with pictures and ideas:  Cool Bike Beret pictures

    Here are more photos of participants


    • 13 Jul 2017
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Alma de pueblo, 18 West Victoria Street, Santa Barbara

    ¡Hablemos español! ha llegado a ser conocido por tener reuniones con buenos amigos, conversaciones en español con alimentos y bebidas sabrosos.

    Habrá otra reunión el jueves el día 13 de julio.

    Contará el evento con Ferran Contell de Darsena Selections, importador de vinos españoles. Disfrutaremos una gran cata de vinos con seis vinos. Ferran nos hablará sobre los atributos de cada vino. Se servirán quesos, hummus y verduras, carnes y una cena deliciosa.

    ¡Esperamos otro evento maravilloso!

    ¡Hablemos español! has come to be known for having get-togethers with good friends, great conversations in Spanish, with delicious foods and drinks.

    There will be another event on Thursday July 13.

    The event will feature Ferran Contell of Darsena Selections, importer of Spanish wines.  We will enjoy a great wine tasting of six wines.  Ferran will talk about the attributes of each wine. Cheese, hummus and veggies, meats and dinner will be served.

    We await another wonderful event!

    • 13 Jul 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • The home of Paul and Judy Astbury
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    Sorry, but this event is now sold out. You can join the waitlist and we will send you an email when additional spaces become available.

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    WINE APPRECIATION PRESENTS: Champagne and Sparkling wines from around the world!

    Come and join New Comers for an indoor/outdoor party celebrating Champagne and Sparkling Wines from around the world.

    Did you know that to evaluate Champagne and Sparkling Wines you need to look at the bubbles?  The better wines have smaller bubbles, more of them and they keep longer in the glass.

    20% of sparkling wines made in the US are made using methode champenoise. Do you know what Riddling, Disgorgement and Dosage mean to the making of sparkling wine? Learn how to buy a good Champagne.

    The party will involve tasting a selection of Champagnes, Sparkling Wines and Appetizers.

    Date: Thursday July 13th

    Time: 6:00pm

    Location: Home of Judy and Paul Astbury

    Members only $35

    • 14 Jul 2017
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • La Arcada Bistro - 1112 State Street

    Join us as we return to the La Arcada Bistro! A TGIF favorite.

    La Arcada Bistro is a local family owned restaurant. The owners Willie, originally from Ireland, and Trini Quinn, originally from Mexico; met in Santa Barbara and fell in love with each other and the beautiful beach town. They bring together beautifully their two backgrounds and Californian cuisine, creating a unique dinning experience. Every weekend you can find Willie and his daughters, Aoife and Brigid Quinn, playing Irish music in their band, The Foggy Dew.

    The restaurant has requested that all transactions be with cash so they can better serve the group. Thanks for your understanding.

    See you on the 14th! Click Here for Directions


    • 16 Jul 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Hendry's Beach

    When: 16 July 2017 9am

    Location: Hendry's Beach

    Come walk Hendry's Beach with your furry friends or borrow one of ours to walk with. Meet at the picnic tables behind the lifeguard stand at Hendry's Beach.  


    Event open to members, graduates and friends.

    No need to register - just show up!


    Questions? Contact Marcel Badart


    For directions to Hendry's Beach, click here.

    • 16 Jul 2017
    • 12:00 PM
    • East Beach Volleyball Courts, East Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93103

    Save the Date!

    Young Professionals Beach Volleyball

    Everyone welcome!

    Sunday July 16th |  noon

    Let's spend our afternoon together at the beach. We will plan to play a volleyball game for all skill levels. Even if you don't know how to play, come hang out. We will meet on  court 7 East Beach at noon. Look for the newcomers sign.

    We will provide snacks and non-alcoholic drinks. No need to register, just show up. Unfortunately, dogs are not allowed on East Beach. Friends welcome.

    Free Parking: There is some free street parking along E Cabrillo Blvd overlooking the courts but it usually fills up quickly, there are also some at Ninos Dr, S Milpas St (a bit far though).

    Paid Parking and Restrooms: There are couple of pay next to the courts & beach, the pay lot just east of the Cabrillo Bath House and just across from the Hyatt and cross street Ninos is your best bet.

    The volleyball courts and picnic area are just east of the east lot. 
    There is a small bridge to the volleyball courts from the east parking lot.

    East Beach Volleyball Courts (Google map Link):


    Contact YoungProfessionals@SBNewcomers.org

    • 18 Jul 2017
    • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • See event details
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    Sorry, but this event is now sold out. You can join the waitlist and we will send you an email when additional spaces become available.

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    July is prime lotus bloom time at Ganna Walska Lotusland, Montecito’s 37-acre estate recognized as one of the 10 best gardens in the world.

    The lotus is a symbol of potential, purity, beauty, majesty, grace, fertility, wealth, richness, knowledge and serenity.  Give me a little bit of each!

    It's a special plant. They sprout surrounded by mud and muck, by fish and insects and grow naturally toward the warmth and light of the sun—emerging pure and bright. They may appear fragile on the surface, but are flexible and strong, securely anchored below the surface of the water.  

    And, they’re beautiful, too!  A full, blooming pond is something not to miss.

    Lotusland is offering Newcomers a special discount and our visit will be led by Lotusland’s terrific docents.

    Join our group for dinner afterwards! Montecito Wine Bistrot (516 San Ysidro Road, Montecito).  We will make reservations for our group (please bring cash if you decide to stay for dinner to make paying the bill easier).

    • 18 Jul 2017
    • 5:30 PM
    • 322 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

    Save the Date

    Young Professionals 
    Rock Climbing followed by Taco Tuesday at Casa Blanca

    Tuesday, July 18th   
    Rock Climbing 5:30pm-7pm
    Casa Blanca Tacos 7pm-?

    Come to either or both.

    Meet at the Santa Barbara Rock Gym for half priced rock climbing.  The Rock Gym is a great location and has an amazing setup.  They will help you learn and have a great time while doing it. 

     Tuesdays are half price entrance fees, but you still need a harness and optional shoes.
    Total to rock climb in your own shoes: $13.50
    Total to climb with rock climbing shoes: $19.50

    After Rock Climbing we will head next door to Casa Blanca for $9.95 all you can eat tacos and all night happy hour.  We plan to get to Casa Blanca at 7pm.

    No need to register. Just show up! Friends welcome.

    Questions? Contact YoungProfessionals@SBNewcomers.org

    • 21 Jul 2017
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Pure Order Brewing - 410 North Quarantina Street

    This week Newcomers visits Pure Order Brewery, which is as close as you can get to spending good times with your friends in your backyard, without having to clean up after everyone leaves. 

    Though the brewery is located in the heart of Santa Barbara, Pure Order Brewery reaches to ancient German brewing recipes to create the purest and truest method of brewing for unprecedented and unmatched styles of beer. Pure Order Brewing brings to life the spirit of pure beer to the shores of Santa Barbara through a practice and style of brewing called Reinheitsgebot, which means “purity law” in German. Pure Order Brewery brings the flavors of old Germany and the smoothness of Santa Barbara to its shores and the many local patrons. 

    Adjacent to the taproom is the outdoor patio where you’ll often find a bevy of entertainers, such as local musicians and food trucks serving up their finest to happy guests. With some help from their local regulars in the summer of 16’ they built two Olympic style bocce ball courts and horseshoe pits to further entertain their beer drinking comrades. In short, Pure Order is pure fun.

    See you on the 21st! Click Here for Directions



    • 27 Jul 2017
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • 21 E Constance Ave., Santa Barbara, CA 93105
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    Learn about the positive efforts going on in our community to assist the hidden homeless and the many volunteer opportunities for *Giving Back* 

    -Includes finger foods and wine/drinks-

    Opens June 13th

    Join us on Thursday, July 27th for a multifaceted look at what's being done around us everyday to help those in need. The panel will focus on the Hidden Homeless -- women and families that reach a tipping point for a variety of reasons and may be living out of their cars or in shelters. We will hear from these amazing organizations that provide services and support:

    • Doctors Without Walls
    • Transition House
    • Noah's Anchorage
    • PATH Santa Barbara
    • Domestic Violence Solutions
    This program will focus on positive outcomes. It is not a fundraiser.  It will be held at the First Presbyterian Church on Constance Ave. & State Street in a large, air-conditioned room. Finger foods and wine/drinks will be provided, and attendees will have a chance to ask the panelists questions.  

    • 27 Jul 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • University Club
    • 25
    Registration is closed

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    What's Up with Qatar?

    Is There Room for Shades of Gray in a Black and White Covfefe World?

    As the world's top exporter of liquefied natural gas, Qatar has used its immense wealth to court relations from Washington to London and Tokyo.  Though a U.S. ally, Qatar has been pursuing an independent foreign policy with objectives that diverge from those of Saudi Arabia and other members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (“GCC”).

    Because Qatar and Iran share an oil field, Qatar has a closer relationship with Iran than other Sunni states do.  In addition, it has a history of reaching out to (and funding) various controversial groups, including the Muslim Brotherhood, the Taliban, Hamas, and rebels in Sudan's Darfur region.

    Qatar touts itself as a neutral player that can act as an intermediary in regional conflicts.  But Saudi Arabia and other critics slam Qatar for “playing both sides,” funding radical Islamist groups, and using its Al Jazeera television network as a propaganda tool to meddle in regional affairs. 

    But as they say, “It’s complicated.”  Qatar has fought alongside the U.S. and Saudi Arabia in various military conflicts and is home to a huge U.S. airbase, which is a crucial hub for the air campaign against ISIS.

    On June 5, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and several other GCC states broke diplomatic relations with Qatar.  Spokesmen at the Pentagon and State Department have sought to remain neutral and diffuse the situation.  In contrast, President Trump is claiming credit, tweeting that his recent visit to Saudi Arabia is "already paying off" and that the break might mark the "beginning of the end to the horror of terrorism."

    We will discuss these breaking developments and consider whether it is possible for any country in the Middle East to play the kind of “neutral” role claimed by Qatar.

    This subject is not covered in Great Decisions.  We will supply links to relevant readings.  However, the story is unfolding daily in print, online, and on air.

    • 03 Aug 2017
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • TBD

    SAVE THE DATE- for this Young Professionals Happy Hour.

    Join us for drinks after work!

    Additional Details/Location to be posted soon.

    No need to register- just show up! Friends Welcome.

    • 12 Aug 2017
    • 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • See event details
    • 25
    Registration is closed

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    Young Professionals Summer Pool Party

    Saturday, August 12th

     Time: 2pm - 6pm

    Address will be sent out prior to event

    Join us for a casual party by the

    pool at a beautiful SB home.

    Wear your swimsuit and bring your favorite snack to share.

    Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided.

    Come and enjoy

    the sunshine

    with us!

    • 18 Aug 2017
    • 7:30 PM - 10:30 PM
    • Santa Barbara County Courthouse
    • 20

    Bond, James Bond. 

    Young Professionals - outdoor summer cinema- GoldenEye at the County Courthouse.

    Join us for Friday night under the stars: bring blankets or a low beach chair, your favorite beverage and picnic items to share.

    Meet at 7:30 PM. We will gather to picnic and get settled in before the movie begins at 8:30 PM. 

    Due to space limitations you must register to attend.

    cost- free

    Questions? Contact youngprofessionals@sbnewcomers.org

    • 21 Aug 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • University Club
    • 30
    Registration is closed

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