Public Events

The events shown in the Club's Public Events Calendar are open to Members, Friends of Newcomers (former Members), Graduates (former Members who have joined the Graduates Club), Potential Members (new residents of Santa Barbara who have lived here 18 months or less), and guests.  These events provide an opportunity for Potential Members to meet current Members to see if the Club will be a good fit for them. 

Former Members have the opportunity to reconnect with the friends and acquaintances they met while they were in the Club and to meet current Members.  We look forward to seeing you at these fun events, which include Cheers, TGIF, Walking the Waterfront, and Hiking.

Upcoming events

    • 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.

    • 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.

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    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.

    • 18 Oct 2017
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • OLIVER'S Montecito
    • 0

    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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    SB Newcomer's special wine price for that evening only. Red Car Chardonnay & Cab at $9 a glass.

    Please join us for Wine Down Wednesday on Wed, Oct 18th from 5-7pm. Relax and "Wine Down" with your fellow Newcomers at the hot new plant based restaurant OLIVER'S Montecito. We think good wine is best in good company. The middle of the week has never looked so good. Just a fun night out.... with friends & wine.

    Prize Drawing

    ADDRESS: 1198 Coast Village Road, Montecito

    Complimentary Valet Parking or street parking

    Wine Down Wednesday events are open to Newcomers, Graduates & Guests. Attendees must RSVP in advance and are allowed to register a guest. Stop by to say HELLO and have a glass of wine with us before or after another event. Why wait till the weekend to relax with friends and wine? Wednesday's just got better.

    Questions? Contact Kimi M

    CELL (808)722-8065 EMAIL WineDown@sbnewcomers.org


    Some things take time to get just right and that’s why the new plant-based Oliver’s restaurant at 1198 Coast Village Road spent 5 years remodeling the former home of Peabody’s into a sight to behold. Oliver’s is the creation of cellular phone pioneer Craig McCaw. A plant-based restaurant typically has no meat, dairy, butter or eggs.

    The first thing you notice when arriving at Oliver’s  is that one side of the building is completely open (via accordion doors) to seamlessly connect the bar area with the patio. You can feast under a forest of lighted trees on the heated patio, enjoy your meal in cozy quarters in the dining room or pull up to the large table near the bar.

    “Being a plant-based restaurant we try to get as close to the original form of food as we can to get as healthy and healthful and tasteful of a meal that we can give you,“ says Assistant General Manager Phillip Thompson. “There is a lot of hesitance about [plant-based restaurants] in the community and the world at large. Come and taste the food. It’s high end cuisine but not fine dining, you don’t have to feel uncomfortable here. If you come and taste the food you will see what it’s about. It’s delicious. It’s healthful. You feel good after eating it. It’s just good food.”

    The Small Plates menu ($7-14) includes Herb Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Avocado Toast, Summertime Hummus, Hearts of Palm Ceviche, Artichoke “Crab Cakes”, and Zucchini Flatbread. Salads menu ($12-14) includes Julia’s Cranberry and Chevre Salad, Chopped Salad, Sunflower Caesar Salad, Chickpea Nicoise Salad, and Citrus, Beets and Avocado. The Entrée menu ($18-22) includes Summer Risotto, Toasted Millet Polenta, Grilled Cauliflower Steak, Lotus Bowl, Carrot Udon Noodles, Veggie Burger, Wild Mushroom Tostada, Roasted Acorn Squash, and Kelp Noodle Pad Thai. Vegetable Sides menu ($7)  includes Rainbow Beets, Long Beans, Bulgogi Carrots, and Truffle Potatoes. For the cocktail menu ($14) Oliver’s partnered with the local juicery Juice Ranch, mixing Oliver’s high-end spirits with a local fresh organic juice.

    Oliver’s is open for dinner Monday-Thursday. 5-10 p.m. and the bar stays open until 11 p.m. Friday-Saturday food service stops at 11 p.m. and the bar closes at midnight. Lunch is part of future plans and free valet service is available. Visit oliversofmontecito.com. - The Restaurant Guy

    • 20 Oct 2017
    • 8:30 AM
    • San Ysidro Trailhead

    No hike if raining.  Bring plenty of water.