All Events Calendar

The events shown in the Club's All Events Calendar have been color-coded to make it easier to find events that you can attend. See the Color Legend below for what the colors indicate.

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 Non-members are welcome to attend these events. No registration is required; just show up. 
 These are member-only events; only members can see the details of these events. 
 This Event is now waitlisted - Join the waitlist; you will be offered a spot if/when someone cancels.

Upcoming events

    • August 25, 2020
    • 12:00 AM (PDT)
    • December 19, 2020
    • 11:59 PM (PST)
    • Order here - your card will be mailed directly to you!
    Register

    The 2021 Axxess are now available for purchase through Santa Barbara Newcomers. 

    The new  Axxess Card is is a great way to explore many of the wonderful restaurants and stores in Santa Barbara and Ventura.  There are offers from more than 1000 merchants, with more than 400 2-for-one offers!  Plus, $13 of each Axxess Card purchased through the Club is donated back to the Club.

    Changes for 2021:

    • The Axxess Card will now cover BOTH Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties! 
    • The cards will be mailed by December 1st, and will become "active" January 1, 2021  through December 31, 2021. 
    • There is no printed book for 2021 - all the offers are listed on the Axxess Card website.

    Benefits of Axxess

    Axxess features exclusive discounts from more than 1000 Merchants, with over 400 2-for-1 Offers. Included are unbeatable savings on dining out, golf, wine tasting, your home, your health, your car & your kids. Membership includes a access to the Axxess App. & an Axxess Card.  Axxess is simple and smart.  Show your card, save your money!  Average savings per family per year is $300.  The 2021 Axxess Card will be good from January 1, 2021 until December 31, 2021.

    The Axxess App

    You will want to download the FREE Axxess App! It's available for both Android and iOS devices, and allows you to automatically track your savings!  Plus, the App will automatically update when new offers are added. It's the easiest and best way to enjoy your Axxess Membership! 


    Exclusive Email-Only Offers

    Join the Axxess mailing list and stay informed when new merchants join the program, or when new offers are announced.

    Delivery

    This year we will be mailing the Axxess Cards directly to you; you should receive yours in early December.

    Email your Newcomer Club contact:  Ed Heywood

    • October 26, 2020
    • (PDT)
    • January 29, 2021
    • (PST)
    • 42 sessions
    • Meet at the Sea Center parking lot on the Wharf

    Come and join our walking group...

     consisting of Newcomers, Alumni, and longtime Santa Barbara residents, as we walk along the waterfront.

    There's no need to register.  The Stearns Wharf Walking Group starts at the Sea Center parking lot and ends at Char West near the Ice Cream Shop (MWF) - parking is free at that time of day. You can grab a  coffee afterwards at Francisco's Char West.


    We meet at 7:50, MWF, and start walking promptly at 8:00am. We walk at our own pace while visiting with fellow walkers. The group walks about 3 miles which takes 45 minutes to an hour depending upon your pace. 

    NOTICE TO PARTICIPANTS

    If any of the three following conditions is present on the day of the event, PLEASE DO NOT COME TO THE EVENT.  


    1. Within the last 10 days, you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or had a test confirming you have the virus;
    2. You live in the same household with, or have had close contact with someone who in the past 14 days has been in isolation for COVIC-19 or had a test confirming he or she has the virus; 
    3. You have had any one or more of these symptoms today or within the past 24 hours, which is new or not explained by any other reason: 
    • Fever over 100.4, chills or shivering
    • Cough
    • Sore throat
    • Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing
    • Feeling unusually weak or fatigued
    • Loss of taste or smell
    • Muscle pain
    • Headache
    • Runny or congested nose
    • Diarrhea

    PLEASE NOTE

    • The Club will neither facilitate nor encourage any manner of participation that would increase the normal risks associated with participation in this activity, including risks of COVID-19 contraction.  The Club encourages all participants to familiarize themselves with measures designed to minimize the risk of contraction of COVID-19. For more information on local and national guidelines to help avoid contraction of COVID-19, please see Santa Barbara County Public Health Information Portal and CDC COVID 19 Webpage.  
    • There may be risks inherent in this activity, including risks associated with human interaction identified by local and national health authorities as to the contraction of COVID-19 . The Club takes the position that it is in no way liable for any injury or illness a participant may incur as a result of participation in an event the risks of which the participant knew or should have known.


    • October 27, 2020
    • (PDT)
    • January 28, 2021
    • (PST)
    • 28 sessions
    • Hendry's Beach (See event details)


    Join fellow walkers at Hendry's Beach (aka Arroyo Burro Beach County Park) every Tuesday and Thursday morning at 8:45 to 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.  

    Plan to arrive 5 or so minutes early to meet other walkers. We suggest wearing appropriate shoes to walk on the beach or up to the nearby Douglas Preserve, when the tide is high.


    Hendry'sBeach/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. 


    Contact stridebythetide@sbnewcomers.org with any questions.

    NOTICE TO PARTICIPANTS

    If any of the three following conditions is present on the day of the event, PLEASE DO NOT COME TO THE EVENT.  


    1. Within the last 10 days, you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or had a test confirming you have the virus;
    2. You live in the same household with, or have had close contact with someone who in the past 14 days has been in isolation for COVIC-19 or had a test confirming he or she has the virus; 
    3. You have had any one or more of these symptoms today or within the past 24 hours, which is new or not explained by any other reason: 
    • Fever over 100.4, chills or shivering
    • Cough
    • Sore throat
    • Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing
    • Feeling unusually weak or fatigued
    • Loss of taste or smell
    • Muscle pain
    • Headache
    • Runny or congested nose
    • Diarrhea

    PLEASE NOTE

    • The Club will neither facilitate nor encourage any manner of participation that would increase the normal risks associated with participation in this activity, including risks of COVID-19 contraction.  The Club encourages all participants to familiarize themselves with measures designed to minimize the risk of contraction of COVID-19. For more information on local and national guidelines to help avoid contraction of COVID-19, please see Santa Barbara County Public Health Information Portal and CDC COVID 19 Webpage.  
    • There may be risks inherent in this activity, including risks associated with human interaction identified by local and national health authorities as to the contraction of COVID-19 . The Club takes the position that it is in no way liable for any injury or illness a participant may incur as a result of participation in an event the risks of which the participant knew or should have known.

    • November 27, 2020
    • 9:00 AM (PST)
    • 1321 Dover Road, Santa Barbara

    Urban Riviera - Post Thanksgiving Walk

    No hike if raining.  Bring plenty of water.

     Photo of Franceschi Park - Santa Barbara, CA, United States

    This is a Friday 9:00am meetup – no need to register.

    Urban Riviera Hike –9:00am.   We walk a short way east on Alameda Padre Sierra (APS) to Arbolado Road, to Roble Road, and to Loma Media Road.  We then traverse up to Las Alturas Road and travel on Las Alturas to the top of the Riviera.  We walk the top of the Riviera on Mission Ridge Road for a short distance and go on Hillcrest Road to Franceschi Road. Here we pass across Franceschi Park to Mission Ridge Road again.  We then cut through “The Encanto Resort” to El Encanto Road and move quickly onto Lasuen Road which feeds back to the parking area on Dover Road.

    Here is a link to the hike path.

    The hike is about 4.5 miles and goes up and down throughout the Riviera with magnificent views of homes, islands, ocean, and mountains.  The elevation change is perhaps 700-800 feet.

    Google Maps link for the meeting point.

    DIRECTIONS.  Park on Dover Road at Sylvan Park, just off of Alameda Padre Serra.  Address: 1321 Dover Road, Santa Barbara.  There is additional street parking in the neighborhood.

    Hike Guide: Mike McCourt

    Hope to see you there!

    NOTICE TO PARTICIPANTS

    If any of the three following conditions is present on the day of the event,  PLEASE DO NOT COME TO THE EVENT.  

    1. Within the last 10 days, you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or had a test confirming you have the virus;
    2. You live in the same household with, or have had close contact with someone who in the past 14 days has been in isolation for COVIC-19 or had a test confirming he or she has the virus; 
    3. You have had any one or more of these symptoms today or within the past 24 hours, which is new or not explained by any other reason 
    • Fever over 100.4, chills or shivering
    • Cough
    • Sore throat
    • Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing
    • Feeling unusually weak or fatigued
    • Loss of taste or smell
    • Muscle pain
    • Headache
    • Runny or congested nose
    • Diarrhea

    PLEASE NOTE

    • The Club will neither facilitate nor encourage any manner of participation that would increase the normal risks associated with participation in this activity, including risks of COVID-19 contraction.  The Club encourages all participants to familiarize themselves with measures designed to minimize the risk of contraction of COVID-19. For more information on local and national guidelines to help avoid contraction of COVID-19, please see Santa Barbara County Public Health Information Portal and CDC COVID 19 Webpage.  
    • There may be risks inherent in this activity, including risks associated with human interaction identified by local and national health authorities as to the contraction of COVID-19 . The Club takes the position that it is in no way liable for any injury or illness a participant may incur as a result of participation in an event the risks of which the participant knew or should have known




    Urban Riviera - Family and Friends

    No hike if raining.  Bring plenty of water.

     Photo of Franceschi Park - Santa Barbara, CA, United States

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

    Urban Riviera Hike – 8:30am.   We walk a short way east on Alameda Padre Sierra (APS) to Arbolado Road, to Roble Road, and to Loma Media Road.  We then traverse up to Las Alturas Road and travel on Las Alturas to the top of the Riviera.  We walk the top of the Riviera on Mission Ridge Road for a short distance and go on Hillcrest Road to Franceschi Road. Here we pass across Franceschi Park to Mission Ridge Road again.  We then cut through “The Encanto Resort” to El Encanto Road and move quickly onto Lasuen Road which feeds back to the parking area on Dover Road.

    Here is a link to the hike path.

    The hike is about 4.5 miles and goes up and down throughout the Riviera with magnificent views of homes, islands, ocean, and mountains.  The elevation change is perhaps 700-800 feet.

    Google Maps link for the meeting point.

    DIRECTIONS.  Park on Dover Road at Sylvan Park, just off of Alameda Padre Serra.  Address: 1321 Dover Road, Santa Barbara.  There is additional street parking in the neighborhood.

    Hike Guide: Bo Kite

    Hope to see you there!

    • November 28, 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM (PST)
    • San Marcos Foothills Preserve


    Social Hiking At a Relaxed Pace

    (S.H.A.R.P.)


    When?

    Saturday November 28, 2020

    9:00 AM

    Where?

    San Marcos Foothills Preserve

    The San Marcos Foothills Preserve is a County of Santa Barbara open space located in the foothills between Santa Barbara and Goleta. Encompassing 200 acres (plus a 10 acres park) the Preserve offers extraordinary views of the Santa Ynez Mountains, Pacific Ocean, and the Channel Islands.

    This hike, like Parma Park, is in the foothills. It is a little more challenging than other SHARP walks, with a couple of steep hills to walk up (and down). However, admiring the views will give us a chance to go slowly, take breaks, and catch our breath.  

     Downpour cancels, but we'll continue in light rain.  Bring hats, sunscreen and water.  On-leash dogs are welcome. There are no restrooms. 

    Directions: San Marcos Foothills Preserve is located just east of Highway 154 (although you access it from west of 154) and north of Foothill Road. From Foothill Road, take Via Chaparral north, then right (east) on Salvar Road. Cross over 154 to Via Gaitero Road. We will meet at the main public access at the western portion of the Preserve at the end of Via Gaitero Road.

    NOTICE TO PARTICIPANTS

    If any of the three following conditions is present on the day of the event,  PLEASE DO NOT COME TO THE EVENT.  


    1. Within the last 10 days, you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or had a test confirming you have the virus;
    2. You live in the same household with, or have had close contact with someone who in the past 14 days has been in isolation for COVIC-19 or had a test confirming he or she has the virus; 
    3. You have had any one or more of these symptoms today or within the past 24 hours, which is new or not explained by any other reason 
    • Fever over 100.4, chills or shivering
    • Cough
    • Sore throat
    • Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing
    • Feeling unusually weak or fatigued
    • Loss of taste or smell
    • Muscle pain
    • Headache
    • Runny or congested nose
    • Diarrhea

    PLEASE NOTE

    • The Club will neither facilitate nor encourage any manner of participation that would increase the normal risks associated with participation in this activity, including risks of COVID-19 contraction.  The Club encourages all participants to familiarize themselves with measures designed to minimize the risk of contraction of COVID-19. For more information on local and national guidelines to help avoid contraction of COVID-19, please see Santa Barbara County Public Health Information Portal and CDC COVID 19 Webpage.  
    • There may be risks inherent in this activity, including risks associated with human interaction identified by local and national health authorities as to the contraction of COVID-19 . The Club takes the position that it is in no way liable for any injury or illness a participant may incur as a result of participation in an event the risks of which the participant knew or should have known.


    • November 29, 2020
    • 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM (PST)


    CYCLING - NO RIDE

    HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

    The goal of the Cycling Committee is to hold weekly social meetup rides that are open to cyclists of all levels and abilities. Our rides are typically designed to have multiple start points and route segments and a destination that will allow us to relax and chat with our fellow Newcomers and guests after the ride. These rides are 'No Drop', so no riders will be left behind. Whether you are a beginning rider or a Tour de France champion come out and join us as there will usually be something for everyone.

     Join the SBNC Strava Group

      • December 01, 2020
      • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (PST)
      • Zoom Video Call
      • 15
      Register

      SociaLight

      In this group we view inspirational and educational TedTalks on a colorful variety of topics designed to be uplifting -- ideas that allow us to expand our views of how we see ourselves and the world.  

      The open discussion format allows us to get to know each other as neighbors and human beings.  No politics.  No Covid virus.  Just some down to earth connecting in our humanness as we set the course for our life.  You will leave feeling uplifted with techniques you can bring into your everyday life. 

      December 1 Topic: 

      Your body language may shape who you are - 

      Amy Cuddy


      Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy argues that "power posing" -- standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don't feel confident -- can boost feelings of confidence, and might have an impact on our chances for success. (NOTE: Some of the findings presented in this talk have been referenced in an ongoing debate among social scientists about robustness and reproducibility. Read "Criticisms & updates" below for more details as well as Amy Cuddy's response: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/my-overview-state-science-postural-feedback-power-posing-amy-cuddy/

      https://www.ted.com/talks/amy_cuddy_your_body_language_may_shape_who_you_are

      * * * * *    

                                        

      This event is free, however registration is required as the group size is limited.  The discussion will be moderated by Leigh Merrihew.

      * * * * * 

      Curious about how prior SociaLight events were received by our members?  Here is a what one attendee said:

       

      "Overall, the event exceeded my expectations.  The Zoom platform gave us the opportunity to meet new people, a bit more than superficially. The small group size created a more intimate setting that was conducive to everyone remaining involved”. 


      • December 02, 2020
      • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (PST)
      • Zoom Video Call
      • 4
      Register


      This is an evening book club for those who like to eat, chit chat, and focus on the book by analyzing the characters, plot development, themes, style, purpose etc. The committee will send out some questions a few days prior so everyone can be prepared to speak about the book. We'll meet on Zoom with a drink & a little somethin' sweet!

      About the book:   

      From The New York Times -bestselling author of The Mothers , a stunning new novel about twin sisters, inseparable as children, who ultimately choose to live in two very different worlds, one black and one white. 


      The Vignes twin sisters will always be identical. But after growing up together in a small, southern black community and running away at age sixteen, it's not just the shape of their daily lives that is different as adults, it's everything: their families, their communities, their racial identities. Ten years later, one sister lives with her black daughter in the same southern town she once tried to escape. The other secretly passes for white, and her white husband knows nothing of her past. Still, even separated by so many miles and just as many lies, the fates of the twins remain intertwined. What will happen to the next generation, when their own daughters' storylines intersect?

      Weaving together multiple strands and generations of this family, from the Deep South to California, from the 1950s to the 1990s, Brit Bennett produces a story that is at once a riveting, emotional family story and a brilliant exploration of the American history of passingLooking well beyond issues of race, The Vanishing Half considers the lasting influence of the past as it shapes a person's decisions, desires, and expectations, and explores some of the multiple reasons and realms in which people sometimes feel pulled to live as something other than their origins.

      As with her New York Times-bestselling debut The Mothers, Brit Bennett offers an engrossing page-turner about family and relationships that is immersive and provocative, compassionate and wise.
      • December 03, 2020
      • 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM (PST)
      • Zoom Video Call
      • 7
      Register

      Gardening Committee Presents:

      Exploring 50 Great Public Land Destinations -- Santa Barbara and Beyond!

           Santa Barbara is filled with and surrounded by remarkable public land areas to discover and explore. Newcomer Deborah Williams, who teaches the Public Lands class at UCSB, has launched an ad-free website highlighting 50 great public land destinations, all within easy walking, biking and driving distances from our city. In this presentation, Deborah will discuss the significant physical and mental benefits, especially during a pandemic, of being outdoors, and then provide a hands-on overview of many of the wonderful and diverse public land areas near us for Newcomers to experience.

           

      We will open this Zoom event at 4:30 for a social opportunity to meet other members in attendance.  The presentation will begin about 5:00 p.m.

      This presentation will be offered free on Zoom, a video conferencing program available to watch on computers, tablets, and smartphones. 

      • December 05, 2020
      • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (PST)
      • El Rancho Market- see event details


      CYCLING -  ALISAL ROAD TO NOJOQUI FALLS PARK - 28 MILES

      Saturday, December 5, 2020 --  9:00 - 12:00PM

      This is a special destination ride, starting in Solvang and following Alisal Road to Nojoqui Falls Park and back. All rides will start and end at the El Rancho Market in Solvang, which has a wonderful deli for our post-ride lunch.


      This ride has several reasonable inclines and we will have two options. Depending on the option you choose you can ride anywhere from 12 to 40 miles.

      Option 1: Meet at the El Rancho Market parking lot and ride north along Refugio Road to Baseline Road to Alamo Pintado and then west over Alisal Road. Once on Alisal you can ride as far as you want, doing only a few miles or riding all the way to the end. This option is approximately 31 miles (1,700 ft of elevation), if you ride to the end of Alisal Road. Since we return on the same road you can turn around at any time to shorten the distance of your ride to 20 miles. Check out the Ride Map!

      Option 2: For those that would enjoy a longer ride and some additional hill work you can ride south on North Refugio Rd after we return to El Rancho Market. This is a steeper climb and adds up to 8 additional miles if you ride to the end of the road.

      Let us know you are riding by clicking the link below:

      https://doodle.com/poll/ey3gqgbhtpr7kreg?utm_source=poll&utm_medium=link

      Helmets required! Bring lots of water. Ride cancelled if raining.


      The goal of the Cycling Committee is to hold weekly social meetup rides that are open to cyclists of all levels and abilities. Our rides are typically designed to have multiple start points and route segments and a destination that will allow us to relax and chat with our fellow Newcomers and guests after the ride. These rides are 'No Drop', so no riders will be left behind. Whether you are a beginning rider or a Tour de France champion come out and join us as there will usually be something for everyone.

       

      Join the SBNC Strava Group

      NOTICE TO PARTICIPANTS

      If any of the three following conditions is present on the day of the event, PLEASE DO NOT COME TO THE EVENT.  

      1. Within the last 10 days, you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or had a test confirming you have the virus;
      2. You live in the same household with, or have had close contact with someone who in the past 14 days has been in isolation for COVIC-19 or had a test confirming he or she has the virus; 
      3. You have had any one or more of these symptoms today or within the past 24 hours, which is new or not explained by any other reason: 
      • Fever over 100.4, chills or shivering
      • Cough
      • Sore throat
      • Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing
      • Feeling unusually weak or fatigued
      • Loss of taste or smell
      • Muscle pain
      • Headache
      • Runny or congested nose
      • Diarrhea

      PLEASE NOTE

      • The Club will neither facilitate nor encourage any manner of participation that would increase the normal risks associated with participation in this activity, including risks of COVID-19 contraction.  The Club encourages all participants to familiarize themselves with measures designed to minimize the risk of contraction of COVID-19. For more information on local and national guidelines to help avoid contraction of COVID-19, please see Santa Barbara County Public Health Information Portal and CDC COVID 19 Webpage.  
      • There may be risks inherent in this activity, including risks associated with human interaction identified by local and national health authorities as to the contraction of COVID-19 . The Club takes the position that it is in no way liable for any injury or illness a participant may incur as a result of participation in an event the risks of which the participant knew or should have known.
      • December 06, 2020
      • (PST)
      • May 02, 2021
      • (PDT)
      • 6 sessions
      • 2981 Cliff Drive, Santa Barbara CA

      Join our pack!

      Come walk Hendry's Beach with your furry friends or borrow one of ours to walk with.

      We meet at the picnic tables behind the lifeguard stand at Hendry's Beach. (The meeting spot is just across the parking lot from the entrance to the Boathouse Restaurant.)

      NO EVENT IF IT'S RAINING

      Event open to members, alumni and friends.

      Questions? Email the committee chairs at:

      newcomersdogs@sbnewcomers.org

      For directions to Hendry's Beach, click here

      NOTICE TO PARTICIPANTS

      If any of the three following conditions is present on the day of the event, PLEASE DO NOT COME TO THE EVENT.  

      1. Within the last 10 days, you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or had a test confirming you have the virus;
      2. You live in the same household with, or have had close contact with someone who in the past 14 days has been in isolation for COVIC-19 or had a test confirming he or she has the virus; 
      3. You have had any one or more of these symptoms today or within the past 24 hours, which is new or not explained by any other reason: 
      • Fever over 100.4, chills or shivering
      • Cough
      • Sore throat
      • Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing
      • Feeling unusually weak or fatigued
      • Loss of taste or smell
      • Muscle pain
      • Headache
      • Runny or congested nose
      • Diarrhea

      PLEASE NOTE

      • The Club will neither facilitate nor encourage any manner of participation that would increase the normal risks associated with participation in this activity, including risks of COVID-19 contraction.  The Club encourages all participants to familiarize themselves with measures designed to minimize the risk of contraction of COVID-19. For more information on local and national guidelines to help avoid contraction of COVID-19, please see Santa Barbara County Public Health Information Portal and CDC COVID 19 Webpage.  
      • There may be risks inherent in this activity, including risks associated with human interaction identified by local and national health authorities as to the contraction of COVID-19 . The Club takes the position that it is in no way liable for any injury or illness a participant may incur as a result of participation in an event the risks of which the participant knew or should have known.
      • December 06, 2020
      • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM (PST)
      • Zoom Video Call
      • 8
      Register

      Persian Cooking Class

      with Simply Sholeh

      Epicurious presents…a live, remote Persian cooking lesson and feast!  Simply Sholeh will provide the recipes, do the shopping, and deliver the ingredients to your home ahead of time.  Then tune in as Sholeh Janhangir demonstrates and coaches us all through the preparation of all 5 of the feast’s classic and delicious dishes!  The experience will be fully interactive, so feel free to ask questions as we go.  At the end of the hands-on demonstration you’ll have enough for 3-4 people – enjoy immediately with house members or freeze for later.   Have a look a Sholeh's website for more details on what to expect from this class.

      Shawn Magee, chair of our Wine Appreciation Committee, will provide suggestions for wine pairings ahead of time!

      Deadline to sign up is noon on 11/29/20.  All ingredients and recipes are delivered to your home the day of the class between 10-12pm.  Only one computer/device is allowed per sign up but as many in your household who want to cook can participate!

      Menu includes:

      *     Persian Meatballs in a Saffron and Tomato Sauce

      *     Mast-o-Khiar Persian mint and cucumber yogurt sauce

      *     Salad Shirazi-Tomato, Cucumber, Shallot Salad with a mint and lemon vinaigrette

      *    Roasted Eggplant and garlic dip with shallots and mint infused oil

      *     Pita

      *     Sour Cherry and Walnut Parfait







      • December 13, 2020
      • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (PST)
      • Garden St. parking lot on the beach side of Cabrillo


      CYCLING 

      TOUR de SANTA BARBARA - 20 miles

      Sunday, December 13, 2020:  9:00 - 12:00PM

      This is one of our few rides that has only one option. This time we begin our ride at the Garden Street Parking Lot on the beach side of Cabrillo at 9:00AM and take a scenic tour along the coast to Buttery Fly Beach and then make our way through Montecito to Mountain Drive. 

      After an enjoyable ride along Mountain Drive we head back to town, past the Mission and finish at the coffee mecca for cyclists, Handlebar Coffee Roasters.


      The route does have a relatively long uphill climb but is suitable for road, hybrids and for those that wish a little assist, eBikes. Once we get to Mountain Drive we will have beautiful views of our great city and the Channel islands. Overall the ride is 20 miles long.

      Check out the Ride Map!

      Let us know you are riding by clicking the link below.

      https://doodle.com/poll/9c5xcf84stkf4pht?utm_source=poll&utm_medium=link

      Helmets required! Bring lots of water. Ride cancelled if raining.

      * * * * *

      The goal of the Cycling Committee is to hold weekly social meetup rides that are open to cyclists of all levels and abilities. Our rides are typically designed to have multiple start points and route segments and a destination that will allow us to relax and chat with our fellow Newcomers and guests after the ride. These rides are 'No Drop', so no riders will be left behind. Whether you are a beginning rider or a Tour de France champion come out and join us as there will usually be something for everyone.

       

      Join the SBNC Strava Group

      NOTICE TO PARTICIPANTS

      If any of the three following conditions is present on the day of the event, PLEASE DO NOT COME TO THE EVENT.  

      1. Within the last 10 days, you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or had a test confirming you have the virus;
      2. You live in the same household with, or have had close contact with someone who in the past 14 days has been in isolation for COVIC-19 or had a test confirming he or she has the virus; 
      3. You have had any one or more of these symptoms today or within the past 24 hours, which is new or not explained by any other reason: 
      • Fever over 100.4, chills or shivering
      • Cough
      • Sore throat
      • Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing
      • Feeling unusually weak or fatigued
      • Loss of taste or smell
      • Muscle pain
      • Headache
      • Runny or congested nose
      • Diarrhea

      PLEASE NOTE

      • The Club will neither facilitate nor encourage any manner of participation that would increase the normal risks associated with participation in this activity, including risks of COVID-19 contraction.  The Club encourages all participants to familiarize themselves with measures designed to minimize the risk of contraction of COVID-19. For more information on local and national guidelines to help avoid contraction of COVID-19, please see Santa Barbara County Public Health Information Portal and CDC COVID 19 Webpage.  
      • There may be risks inherent in this activity, including risks associated with human interaction identified by local and national health authorities as to the contraction of COVID-19 . The Club takes the position that it is in no way liable for any injury or illness a participant may incur as a result of participation in an event the risks of which the participant knew or should have known.
      • December 13, 2020
      • 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM (PST)
      • Zoom Video Call
      • 29
      Register

      Long Term Care:

      A Looming Crisis for an Aging Population


           Dr. Nancy Greep, a retired internist with an interest in health care policy, will give a 30-minute presentation on the status of Long-Term Care in the U.S.   Peggy Renker, a Certified Senior Advisor with many years of experience in advising seniors on their options, will then answer questions and provide another perspective on this important issue.   Newcomers are invited to bring questions and share their experiences to make this a rich discussion, whether it relates to your aging family members or to your own life after retirement. 

      Peggy Renker

      This presentation will be offered free on Zoom, a video conferencing program available to watch on computers, tablets, and smartphones. 

      • December 15, 2020
      • 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM (PST)
      • Zoom Video Call
      • 29
      Register

      History of Santa Barbara Wine

      Where did it all begin? 


      Any of us that have gone to a local wine tasting know that Father Junipero Serra, “Father of California Wine,” brought grapevine cuttings from Mexico in 1782, the same lineage brought to the New World by Hernán Cortés in 1520.

      And that the grape’s association with the church caused it to become known as the Mission grape, which became the dominant grape variety in California until the 20th century...

      But there is so much more to know and learn!


      Join Bob Dickey,  a true Santa Barbara legend who has been published in magazines such as the Wine Enthusiast, designed the Sideways (movie) tasting map that made cinephile and oenophile hearts collectively flutter, and displays his ace wine photography in galleries and tasting rooms around the region.  

      He is a true wine aficionado in every sense of the word, and ... our presenter for this event, whose vast knowledge on the subject will have you appreciate our local wine even more!


       Pour yourself a glass of your favorite wine (choose from one of seven leading California grape varieties:  Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon blanc, Syrah, or Zinfandel), sit back and enjoy learning how our beautiful Santa Barbara Wines came to be.



      • December 15, 2020
      • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (PST)
      • Zoom Video Call
      • 20

      SociaLight

      In this group we view inspirational and educational TedTalks on a colorful variety of topics designed to be uplifting -- ideas that allow us to expand our views of how we see ourselves and the world.  

      The open discussion format allows us to get to know each other as neighbors and human beings.  No politics.  No Covid virus.  Just some down to earth connecting in our humanness as we set the course for our life.  You will leave feeling uplifted with techniques you can bring into your everyday life. 

      December 15 Topic: 

      Can we create new senses for humans?  

      David Eagleman



      As humans, we can perceive less than a ten-trillionth of all light waves. "Our experience of reality," says neuroscientist David Eagleman, "is constrained by our biology." He wants to change that. His research into our brain processes has led him to create new interfaces -- such as a sensory vest -- to take in previously unseen information about the world around us.

      https://www.ted.com/talks/david_eagleman_can_we_create_new_senses_for_humans

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      This event is free, however registration is required as the group size is limited.  The discussion will be moderated by Leigh Merrihew.

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      Curious about how prior SociaLight events were received by our members?  Here is a what one attendee said:

       

      "Overall, the event exceeded my expectations.  The Zoom platform gave us the opportunity to meet new people, a bit more than superficially. The small group size created a more intimate setting that was conducive to everyone remaining involved”. 


      • December 19, 2020
      • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (PST)
      • VARIOUS - see event details


      CYCLING:

      OJAI - 21, 32 OR 58 MILES

      Saturday, December 19, 2020 --  9:00 - 12:00PM

      This week's ride has three options and takes us along the coast to Ventura and then inland along a very scenic bike path to Ojai. There are three starting points (Rincon Beach Parking Lot at Bates Road, Main Street Parking Lot in Ventura or Casitas Vista Rd off Hwy 33).

      Depending on how many miles you are interested in riding you can go a little as 19 miles or as many as 58 miles. This is a very scenic ride. It’s a very easy, continual grade uphill to Ojai, about 3% and in some places 5%.  Not hard at all. Coming back is all downhill!  

      Bates Rd. Parking Lot: For those that are ambitious and want a longer ride (58 miles round trip), we will begin at the parking lot off Bates Road at 8:00AM and will meet up with the main group in Ventura. 

      Check out the Ride Map! 

      Main Street Ventura: A 32 mile round trip ride, starts in Ventura. The bike path begins at Rex Street. If you are starting here drive south on 101 and exit at the Main St, Ventura exit. Park in the parking lot to the right after the bridge over the creek, and just before the HWY 33 overpass. If there is no room, go back over the bridge and park on the side of the road. We’ll meet in the parking lot just before the overpass at 9:00AM. The riders starting at Bates Road will take about an hour to get to this point, so please don’t start w/o the group. Check out the Ride Map!

      Casitas Vista Road: A short 21 mile round trip ride which starts at the Casitas Vista exit off Highway 33, heading to Ojai. To start here take 101 South to 33 North towards Ojai. Exit where the highway is ending at Casitas Vista Road (CVR). Turn right upon exiting on CVR, back alongside the highway on CVR and turn right under the Freeway and park under the overpass. There are restrooms close by, in Foster Park. The riders that start in Ventura will be at CVR by 9:30AM. and we can head off to Ojai as a group.  If we’re a few minutes late, please wait for us. Check out the Ride Map!

      From SB, plan on 30 minutes to parking in Ventura and 45 minutes to parking at CVR.

      Let us know you are riding by clicking the link below: 

      https://doodle.com/poll/w7ynfqz2n3ixw44v?utm_source=poll&utm_medium=link

       Helmets required! Bring lots of water. Ride cancelled if raining.


      The goal of the Cycling Committee is to hold weekly social meetup rides that are open to cyclists of all levels and abilities. Our rides are typically designed to have multiple start points and route segments and a destination that will allow us to relax and chat with our fellow Newcomers and guests after the ride. These rides are 'No Drop', so no riders will be left behind. Whether you are a beginning rider or a Tour de France champion come out and join us as there will usually be something for everyone.

       

      Join the SBNC Strava Group

      NOTICE TO PARTICIPANTS

      If any of the three following conditions is present on the day of the event, PLEASE DO NOT COME TO THE EVENT.  

      1. Within the last 10 days, you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or had a test confirming you have the virus;
      2. You live in the same household with, or have had close contact with someone who in the past 14 days has been in isolation for COVIC-19 or had a test confirming he or she has the virus; 
      3. You have had any one or more of these symptoms today or within the past 24 hours, which is new or not explained by any other reason: 
      • Fever over 100.4, chills or shivering
      • Cough
      • Sore throat
      • Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing
      • Feeling unusually weak or fatigued
      • Loss of taste or smell
      • Muscle pain
      • Headache
      • Runny or congested nose
      • Diarrhea

      PLEASE NOTE

      • The Club will neither facilitate nor encourage any manner of participation that would increase the normal risks associated with participation in this activity, including risks of COVID-19 contraction.  The Club encourages all participants to familiarize themselves with measures designed to minimize the risk of contraction of COVID-19. For more information on local and national guidelines to help avoid contraction of COVID-19, please see Santa Barbara County Public Health Information Portal and CDC COVID 19 Webpage.  
      • There may be risks inherent in this activity, including risks associated with human interaction identified by local and national health authorities as to the contraction of COVID-19 . The Club takes the position that it is in no way liable for any injury or illness a participant may incur as a result of participation in an event the risks of which the participant knew or should have known.
      • December 21, 2020
      • 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM (PST)
      • Virtual meeting via Zoom
      Register

      BOARD MEETING & ELECTION OF OFFICERS

      December 21, 2020 5:30 PM

      Registration required! 

      Open for registration November 24, 2020

      Social time starts at 5:00pm.

      This is our biannual meeting and Election of Officers for the spring term 2021.

      Our club is only as strong as our members. Stay involved with what is happening with the club by attending our virtual Monthly Club Board Meeting via Zoom. 

      Visit with your fellow Newcomers for 30 minutes before the meeting starts.

      Register online,  the link & password for the Zoom meeting will be sent to you with your registration confirmation & event reminders.

      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 should attend in their place.

      Note: Officers & Committee Chairs need to register using their personal log-in credentials!

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

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      • December 21, 2020
      • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (PST)
      • This is a 'virtual' Zoom meeting
      Register


      Our monthly New Member Orientation meetings

      are now available!


      Have you joined the Newcomers Club recently, or are interested in finding out more about our club before joining? 


      We would love to have you join us 'virtually' for our

      "Welcome to Newcomers" Meeting - Now via Zoom!

      On Monday, December 21st, we will host

      our next 'virtual' orientation meeting

      for both new and potential

      Santa Barbara Newcomers Club members. 


      Santa Barbara Newcomers Club is the largest social club in all of Santa Barbara! We have nearly 700 members and offer events every month for you to participate in. By joining the club, you are able to partake in a variety of fun activities, meet great people and learn all about your new home town.


      During our Zoom meeting, we will give you all the details about our outstanding club including: How to join, dues, types of events held, how to register for events, members, and more!  We will also answer any questions you may have about our club.


      We look forward to meeting you!

      **REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED!**

      If you are not currently a Newcomers member,

      you will need a registration code.


      Please email your request to:   Membership@SBNewcomers.org

      and we will send you the registration code for this event.

      A link for the Zoom meeting will be emailed to you with your registration confirmation.


      For more information, please contact the VP Membership

      membership@sbnewcomers.org

      • August 30, 2021
      • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (PDT)
      • Zoom Video Call
      • 1
      Register


      This is an evening book club for those who like to eat, chit chat, and focus on the book by analyzing the characters, plot development, themes, style, purpose etc. The committee will send out some questions a few days prior so everyone can be prepared to speak about the book. We'll meet on Zoom with a drink & a little somethin' sweet!

      About the book:   

      From The New York Times -bestselling author of The Mothers , a stunning new novel about twin sisters, inseparable as children, who ultimately choose to live in two very different worlds, one black and one white. 


      The Vignes twin sisters will always be identical. But after growing up together in a small, southern black community and running away at age sixteen, it's not just the shape of their daily lives that is different as adults, it's everything: their families, their communities, their racial identities. Ten years later, one sister lives with her black daughter in the same southern town she once tried to escape. The other secretly passes for white, and her white husband knows nothing of her past. Still, even separated by so many miles and just as many lies, the fates of the twins remain intertwined. What will happen to the next generation, when their own daughters' storylines intersect?

      Weaving together multiple strands and generations of this family, from the Deep South to California, from the 1950s to the 1990s, Brit Bennett produces a story that is at once a riveting, emotional family story and a brilliant exploration of the American history of passingLooking well beyond issues of race, The Vanishing Half considers the lasting influence of the past as it shapes a person's decisions, desires, and expectations, and explores some of the multiple reasons and realms in which people sometimes feel pulled to live as something other than their origins.

      As with her New York Times-bestselling debut The Mothers, Brit Bennett offers an engrossing page-turner about family and relationships that is immersive and provocative, compassionate and wise.
      • August 30, 2021
      • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (PDT)
      • Zoom Video Call
      • 1
      Register


      This is an evening book club for those who like to eat, chit chat, and focus on the book by analyzing the characters, plot development, themes, style, purpose etc. The committee will send out some questions a few days prior so everyone can be prepared to speak about the book. We'll meet on Zoom with a drink & a little somethin' sweet!

      About the book: