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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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    • 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.


    • 17 Oct 2017
    • 7:00 PM
    • The James Joyce 513 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA
    • 6

    Join us for a fun night of pub trivia at The James Joyce on State Street.

    Tuesday, October 17th, Trivia starts at 7:30 pm

    Please arrive by 7 pm to help us claim seats and to break into teams. 

    Cost- 0

    Please Register if you know you are coming so we can have an idea of attendance.  Friends welcome.  

    email youngprofessionals@sbnewcomers.org with any questions!

    • 20 Oct 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Santa Barbara Historical Museum - 136 E. De La Guerra St.
    • 13

    ¿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 e interesante. 

     ¡Hablemos español! va a participar en un recorrido privado del Museo Histórico de Santa Barbara. La presentación la hará en español un docente con décadas de experiencia, quien hablará sobre la historia de Santa Barbara. La exhibición incluye arte sagrado en la época del contacto, cultura Chumash y tradiciones latinoamericanas en Santa Barbara. Después de la presentación podemos almorzar en un restaurante en el vecindario.

    Hablamos sólamente en español.

    English Translation:  

    Let's Speak Spanish! will offer a private tour of the Santa Barbara Historical Museum with a Spanish-speaking docent who has decades of experience and will talk about the history of our city. The current exhibition includes sacred art in the Age of Contact c.1769-1824, Chumash culture and Latin-American traditions. After the presentation, we can join for lunch at a local restaurant to continue speaking Spanish.

    This special event is open to Graduates! Please contact the event coordinators (hablemos@sbnewcomers.org) for additional registration information. Sorry, and thank you for understanding, but this event is not open to the general public.

    • 20 Oct 2017
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • The Good Bar - 5650 Calle Real, Goleta

    Please join us as we return to a favorite on the TGIF tour,  The Good Bar at the Goodland Hotel.

    A Kimpton hotel, The Goodland has a spirited bar that is a place to mix, mingle and enjoy the flip flop-friendly boutique style we call home. They are shaking things up in the Good Bar, an intimate, laidback lounge designed to invite you in and let the good times roll with a billiards table, backgammon boards and a coastal cool soundtrack. This is where spirits including premium whiskey, tequila and mezcal are mixed with local ingredients like lavender and mint to create notoriously delicious cocktails. There are also local craft beers and wines from vineyards just a cork's throw away, all served by bartenders and staff that know how to help you celebrate the good life.   

    See you on the 20th! Click Here for Directions



    • 20 Oct 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Cota and State St, Across from the Palace and Joe's
    • 11

    This is a young professionals event you wont want to miss!

    Let's get the Halloween fun going with a dress-up Halloween LAND SHARK!

    Put on your Halloween Costume and join us for a private event aboard the LAND SHARK.  

    We will tour the town on "Santa Barbara's original Amphibious tour vehicle" via land and sea. 

    Must Register for event.  Limited number of spots available. All ages welcome.

    UPDATE = Now open to guests and graduates.

    Cost- $40 dollars- Includes 2 hours on the LAND SHARK and an UNLIMITED variety of both alcoholic and non-alcoholic festive beverages. 

    Must show up at set time to board, please arrive at 6:45PM, Ride will go from 7 -9 PM. We will board and drop-off on Cota Street directly across from The Palace and Joe's. There is a public parking lot (#11) 1 block over at 523 Anacapa St.

    Please email youngprofessionals@sbnewcomers.org with any questions. 

    • 23 Oct 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • University Club, 1332 Santa Barbara St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
    • 0

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    Join us on OCTOBER 23!

    Your fellow Newcomer, a retired bank officer with extensive experience in the middle east and Saudi Arabia, STEVE CLAYTON, will lead this discussion. 

    Discussion will cover Saudi Arabia's monarchy, its role as the leader of the most conservative form of Sunni Islam, as a long time US ally in the Middle East and the fight against Islamic terrorism and allegations that Saudi nationals have provided much of the funding for al Qaida and ISIS.

    For questions or cancellations please email Committee Co-Chairs, Larry and Elena, at foreignpolicy@sbnewcomers.org

    • 25 Oct 2017
    • 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
    • 20 E Victoria Street
    • 9

    The Santa Barbara Mayoral Election is November 7,  This is an opportunity to listen to and question at least 4 of the candidates in a small audience of only 75 peopleThe leading 2017 Santa Barbara mayoral candidates are, from left, Frank Hotchkiss, Harwood “Bendy” White, Angel Martinez, Cathy Murillo and Hal Conklin.

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    The Santa Barbara & Ventura Colleges of Law (COL) will present a midday forum featuring candidates for mayor of Santa Barbara from noon–1:30 p.m., Wednesday, October 25, at its Santa Barbara campus (20 E. Victoria Street).

    The event will feature questions on local housing and State Street business development in addition to an audience Q&A session. In addition to providing a midday opportunity for the public to engage with candidates, the mayoral forum also will be broadcast on COL’s Facebook page via Facebook Live. The forum is free and open to the public, space is limited and 15 spaces are being held for Santa Barbara Newcomers. Parking will be available at the Anacapa St. garage. The race for mayor concludes on Election Day: Nov. 7, 2017.

    Confirmed attending candidates include:

    • Hal Conklin, President, USA Green Communities; former Santa Barbara Mayor and City Councilmember
    • Angel Martinez, former CEO and Chairman of Deckers Brands
    • Cathy Murillo, Santa Barbara City Councilmember – District Three
    • Harwood “Bendy” White, Santa Barbara City Councilmember

    • 25 Oct 2017
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • see event details
    • 0

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    Educational Fireside Cannabis Chat

    Debates about cannabis in California and Santa Barbara County have run rampant since the vote to legalize recreational use in November 2016.

    Join the Gardening Committee to learn more about how cannabis grows: cultivation, water use, the smells, and the economics of the crop.

    We'll enjoy happy hour--all manner of munchies--with our conversation:  pigs in a blanket, Doritos casserole, Cheeze Whiz, peace brownies (clean ones!), and more.

    But seriously,  this will be an informative discussion--bring your questions. Discussion will be led by expert Alan Ernot, a San Mateo County Master Gardener.  


    • 25 Oct 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Alma Del Pueblo Condominium Clubroom, Downtown.

    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 - Registration opens Sept 26th.

    A tasting of Spanish Wines (Vinos Españoles)

    Spain: Flag

    This event will be held at the stunning downtown setting of the Alma Del Pueblo Condominium clubroom, on the roof above the Santa Barbara Public Market (West Victoria St and Chapala).

    A wide variety of wines will be presented by Ferran Contell, who is well known to the club and is also a current member.

    Please join us to taste and learn about wines from Spain in a relaxed social environment. Some tasty appetizers will be served to accompany the wines.

    Spanish wines (Spanishvinos españoles) are wines produced in Spain. Located on the Iberian Peninsula, Spain has over 2.9 million acres (over 1.17 million hectares) planted—making it the most widely planted wine producing nation[1] but it is the third largest producer of wine in the world, the largest being France followed by Italy.[2] This is due, in part, to the very low yields and wide spacing of the old vines planted on the dry, infertile soil found in many Spanish wine regions. The country is ninth in worldwide consumptions with Spaniards drinking, on average, 21.6 litres (5.706 US gal) per person a year. The country has an abundance of native grape varieties, with over 400 varieties planted throughout Spain though 80 percent of the country's wine production is from only 20 grapes—including the reds TempranilloGarnacha, and Monastrell; the whites Albariño from GaliciaPalominoAiren, and Macabeo; and the three cava grapes ParelladaXarel·lo, and Macabeo.

    Major Spanish wine regions include the Rioja and Ribera del Duero, which are known for their Tempranillo production; Valdepeñas, drunk by Unamuno and Hemingway, known for high quality tempranillo at low prices; Jerez de la Frontera, the home of the fortified wine SherryRías Baixas in the northwest region of Galicia that is known for its white wines made from Albariño and Catalonia which includes the Cava and still wine producing regions of the Penedès as well the Priorat region.[1]


    The wine regions of Spain. [Credit: © Akira Chiwaki]

    • 26 Oct 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

    • 27 Oct 2017
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Viva 1114 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101