All Events Calendar

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Upcoming events

    • July 26, 2021
    • February 16, 2022
    • 115 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 am,  Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. We 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. 

    • July 27, 2021
    • February 24, 2022
    • 62 sessions
    • Hendry's Beach (See event details)

    Stride By The Tide

    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'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. 

    Contact stridebythetide@sbnewcomers.org with any questions.

    • September 12, 2021
    • February 12, 2022
    • 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

    • December 03, 2021
    • 9:00 AM
    • Paradise Rd. Ranger Station




    Aliso Canyon Loop Trail

    No Hike if it is Raining

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

    This a back-country hike off of Paradise Road.  Aliso Canyon sits on the north side of the Santa Ynez River.  We'll meet at the Los Prietos Ranger Station and walk to the Sage Hill Campground where the trail officially begins.  It starts along an interpretive trail on Aliso Creek, then heads up Aliso Canyon, continuously crossing the creek.  The trail eventually climbs up to a grassy plateau.  The return hike along the ridge between Aliso and Oso Canyons includes beautiful views of the Santa Ynez River, the river valley, and the surrounding mountains.  Distance: 4 miles. Elevation gain: 800’.  Trail rating: Moderate. Bring plenty of water.
       

     Trail description and map here

    DIRECTIONS:

    Google maps link for meeting point

    From Highway 101 in Santa Barbara, take the State Street/Highway 154 exit.  Turn right onto Highway 154 and drive approximate 10 miles to Paradise Road on the right.  Turn right and continue 4.5 miles to the Los Prietos Ranger Station, on the left.  Park at the ranger station.  Drive time from Santa Barbara approx. 20-30 minutes.  We will walk over some shallow water a short distance to the trailhead.

    Join our email list here to receive our mid-week email with hike info.

    Please join us!

    Notice to Participants:

    Please do not come to the event if:

    1. You have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days

    2. You have been in contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days and you have not completed your vaccine protocol.

    3. You are experiencing flu-like symptoms (fever, cough, or shortness of breath), regardless of whether you have completed your vaccine protocol.

    Please note: 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.




    Aliso Canyon Loop Trail

    No Hike if it is Raining

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

    This a back-country hike off of Paradise Road.  Aliso Canyon sits on the north side of the Santa Ynez River.  We'll meet at the Los Prietos Ranger Station and walk to the Sage Hill Campground where the trail officially begins.  It starts along an interpretive trail on Aliso Creek, then heads up Aliso Canyon, continuously crossing the creek.  The trail eventually climbs up to a grassy plateau.  The return hike along the ridge between Aliso and Oso Canyons includes beautiful views of the Santa Ynez River, the river valley, and the surrounding mountains.  Distance: 4 miles. Elevation gain: 800’.  Trail rating: Moderate. Bring plenty of water.
       

     Trail description and map here

    DIRECTIONS:

    Google maps link for meeting point

    From Highway 101 in Santa Barbara, take the State Street/Highway 154 exit.  Turn right onto Highway 154 and drive approximate 10 miles to Paradise Road on the right.  Turn right and continue 4.5 miles to the Los Prietos Ranger Station, on the left.  Park at the ranger station.  Drive time from Santa Barbara approx. 20-30 minutes.  We will walk over some shallow water a short distance to the trailhead.

    Join our email list here to receive our mid-week email with hike info.

    Please join us!

    Notice to Participants:

    Please do not come to the event if:

    1. You have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days

    2. You have been in contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days and you have not completed your vaccine protocol.

    3. You are experiencing flu-like symptoms (fever, cough, or shortness of breath), regardless of whether you have completed your vaccine protocol.

    Please note: 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 03, 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Trail Head: 133 Ash Ave, Carpinteria, CA 93013
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    Natural History Walk

    Getting to Know the Carpinteria Salt Marsh Preserve

    In Southern California, it is rare to find a 230-acre tidal estuary that has been set aside and preserved as an important habitat for shorebirds and other wildlife. The Carpinteria Salt Marsh Preserve provides home to several rare plant and animal species only known from salt marshes. Our level 1.2-mile out-and-back walk begins next to the beach and we will meander along the gravel pathway past several observation areas and benches. The Preserve offers views of mountains, salt marsh, and wildlife. We will make several stops to discuss aspects of the salt marsh history and how its inhabitants, the plants and animals manage to survive in this ever fluctuating environment. Changing tide levels provide different experiences. The December 3 walk will be at a very high tide (fortunately the paths are high and dry). Come learn what makes this natural area so special!

    NOTE: This event is open ONLY to members who have completed their vaccination protocol and may be asked to provide proof.

    • December 03, 2021
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • 406 E Haley St. #3 (In the Mill), Santa Barbara, CA 93101

    Third Window BrewingJoin us for happy hour at Third Window Brewing - located in The Mill. The Mill personifies the concept of Farm to Table - featuring production, manufacturing, and tasting in a charming courtyard setting.  Its grassroots vendors passionately produce, manufacture, bottle, package, and share their goods on property creating a unique venue.  Whether grabbing lunch, relaxing for dinner, enjoying a beer, sipping a glass of wine, or just enjoying the tree-shaded courtyard, The Mill delivers a unique California experience.  

    We encourage you to sample the tasty bites now offered by Third Window's new Brasserie!  Check out the menu on the website!  http://thirdwindowbrewing.com/visit-us/

    • December 03, 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Riverbench Tasting Room 137 Anacapa St. Suite C Santa Barbara
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    This event is SOLD OUT-

    Please join the waitlist for a chance to attend this event. 

    Join us on Friday, December 3 for our Holiday Wine Tasting...featuring the sparkling wines of

    At their Santa Barbara tasting room located in the Funk Zone


    We will start off the evening with a glass of Riverbench 2017 Brut Rosé  with flavors of meringue, marzipan and raspberries. Enjoy this light, fresh and fruity sparkler with some delicious nibbles from The Cheese Shop.We will then begin our tasting of four of Riverbench's delicious sparkling wines:

    • 2017 Blanc de Blanc - A traditional sparkling wine with aromas of toasted brioche and lemon peel.
    • 2017 Blanc de NoirsA Deep & complex sparkling wine suitable for special occasions.
    • 2017 Pinot MeunierSanta Barbara's only sparkling Pinot Meunier with a palate of berry, caraway, and a touch of yeast.
    • 2018 Cork Jumper Cuvee  - A delicious blend of the three main grapes used in Champagne, France: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier.

         


    Be sure to stay until the end of the event, as one lucky member will take home a beautiful bottle of Riverbench sparkling wine. 


    You can also stock up on your favorites for all of your holiday parties and gift giving with a 10% discount off any of Riverbench’s one-of-a-kind sparkling holiday bottles.


    A little bit of the history of Riverbench:

    The acclaimed Riverbench Vineyard, planted in the early 1970's, is the northernmost AVA in Santa Barbara County - situated on the bank of the Sisquoc River on the southeastern edge of the Santa Maria Valley.

    In 2008, Riverbench committed to a premium sparkling wine program, taking steps to grow wines that are inspired by centuries of sparkling wine making history in Champagne, France. The historic Riverbench vineyard currently consists of 115 acres of Pinot Noir and 15 acres of Chardonnay; in 2015, they added the third great grape varietal famous in French Champagne, Pinot Meunier, to their vineyard, and were the first to produce a Santa Barbara sparkling Pinot Meunier sparkling wine  beginning in 2019.

    All of Riverbench's Santa Barbara sparkling wines are made in the traditional méthode champenoise -.the same process used in the Champagne region of France to produce Champagne. This labor intensive process involves bottle fermenting their estate grown juice to naturally achieve a carbonated wine.

    • December 04, 2021
    • 8:15 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Shoreline Park west parking lot or Tucker's Grove Park - see event description


    CYCLING - SANPIPER VIA CATHERAL OAKS RIDE, 23 OR 38 MILES

    Saturday, December 4th --  8:50AM - 12:00PM

    When: December 4th, 8:15 AM - 12:00 PM

    This week's ride takes us out Cathedral Oaks Road to the beautiful Sandpiper Golf course. There are two starting points (Shoreline Park west parking lot at 8:15AM) or (the Tucker's Grove Park at 9:00AM) with our return out to Coal Oil Point and then through UCSB to the Obern and Maria Ygnacio Trails, which provides rides of 23 or 38 miles.  

    The Tucker's Grove start is at 9:00AM and has a total ascent of 663 ft and has a maximum elevation of 256 ft.   Check out the Ride Map!

    The Shoreline start is at 8:15AM and has a total ascent of 1635 ft and has a maximum elevation of 391 ft.    Check out the Ride Map!

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

    Yes, I am Riding!

    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

    • 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 04, 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Goleta - street parking on the corner of University and Ribera Drives


    S.H.A.R.P.

    Maria Ygnacio Creek Hike

    Saturday, December 4  2021


    The Maria Ygnacio Creek Trail in Goleta offers a relaxing 3.5-mile round-trip hike on a paved path shared with cyclists.

    Elevation gain is 244 feet.

    Our hike will begin and end at University Drive and Ribera Drive, where there is plenty of street parking. You can reach University Drive from either Patterson Avenue or North San Marcos Road.

    We’ll walk along the creek much of the way. The trail goes under Highway 101 and Hollister Avenue and there are several bridges across the creek. We’ll cross – but not walk on – the San Antonio Trail, and the hike turns around at the Atascadero Creek Trail.

    Afterward, we’ll gather at The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, 5745 Calle Real, near the Trader Joe’s in the Calle Real Shopping Center.


    NOTICE TO PARTICIPANTS
    This event is open ONLY to members who have completed their vaccination protocol and may be asked to provide proof.

    Questions? Contact sharp@sbnewcomers.org.

    • December 04, 2021
    • December 11, 2021
    • 2 sessions
    • East Beach Volleyball Courts, E. Cabrillo Blvd., Santa Barbara
    • 38
    Register

    LEARN BEACH VOLLEYBALL FROM THE PROS


     Saturday, December 4th & Saturday, December 11th


    This exciting opportunity is open to all Newcomers, not just Young Professionals.   We are so lucky to have, living right here in SB, two pro beach volleyball players by the name of Katie Spieler and Dana Kabashima, who are the co-founders of East Beach Volleyball Academy.  For 6 years in Santa Barbara, Katie and Dana have coached everyone from total beginners to the most advanced players, and from children to seniors. Both played volleyball collegiately at Division 1 schools, played professionally on the AVP pro beach tour, and played internationally representing your United States of America!   You won't want to miss this opportunity to learn and to socialize at East Beach!  Katie and Dana will teach you basic, fundamental beach volleyball skills and strategies so you can feel safe and comfortable playing on the sand here in Santa Barbara (or, if you want, even to compete someday in a tournament).   Santa Barbara has a great and very social beach volleyball community of all ages (with Olympic legend Karch Kiraly having grown up here) which Katie and Dana would love to help you join!

    We need to ensure a full enough roster of players to cover the coaches' fees so please don't wait to sign up!

    There is parking at East Beach, both on the street (though spaces are limited) and in the paid parking area near the restrooms.



    • December 04, 2021
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Private Residence - address to be provided to registrants
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    Holiday Casino Night!

    (This event is SOLD OUT; please join the waitlist to see if a space opens.)

    Enjoy a festive evening of your favorite casino games with dinner, wine, beer, non-alcoholic beverages, and a featured holiday cocktail.

    Prizes will be awarded. Wear your favorite holiday attire and bring your joyous spirit for a beautiful fun-filled evening.

    NOTE: This event is open ONLY to members who have completed their vaccination protocol and may be asked to provide proof.
    • December 05, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM
    • 301 West Cabrillo Blvd., Santa Barbara
    • 112
    Register

    Young Professionals

    Whale Watching With Newcomers

    Presented by Young Professionals



    Whale watching with Newcomers!  All aboard the Condor Express, a jet powered 75 foot long catamaran that leaves from the harbor right here in Santa Barbara and heads out to the Channel Islands loooking for humpback, blue, gray, and minke whales, not to mention dolphins and sea birds, during an amazing 4.5 hour cruise.  These boats sell out fast! 

    If you want to go on the same boat with your fellow Newcomers, please register for this event (so that we know who's coming!) and then book your ticket ASAP directly with Condor Express by calling 888-77-WHALE or by going online to Condor Express Reservations.  The cost is $109.00.  Don't wait to book your ticket with them, otherwise this boat may sell out!  Remember:  you want the December 5 boat which leaves at 10:00 am.  Check-in is at 9:30 am.  However, because this boat also will have non-Newcomers on it, we hope you will arrive early at 9:00 am to meet your fellow Newcomers and put on a Newcomers name tag.  

    As stated on CondorExpress.com:  "FEATURES OF THE CONDOR EXPRESS INCLUDE:

    •              75-foot-long, 26.5-foot-wide, quad-jet-powered catamaran capable of cruising at 28+ knots

    •              Powered by four computer-controlled, low emission, 740 hp Detroit Diesel engines

    •              Modified hydrofoil wing that produces an extremely smooth and stable ride

    •              U.S. Coast Guard certified and insured to carry up to 127 passengers

    •              Features a large and luxurious teak-paneled cabin with skylight, expansive windows, booth seating for 68 people, buffet hot table, and a full-service galley and cocktail bar

    •              Upper sundeck seating offers unobstructed animal viewing and sight seeing

    •              Huge raised bow allows passengers a up-close look at the wildlife

    •              Three full-size rest rooms aboard


    Note:  Registration for Alumni opens Nov. 30th.

    If you get seasick, please take something for it beforehand, or consider a Newcomers event other than whale watching. 

    • December 05, 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Santa Barbara Shores Park & Sperling Preserve at Ellwood Mesa, 7727 Hollister Ave, Goleta, CA 93117
    • 0
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    Butterfly Preserve Hike

    Free event! Outdoor event. Register so we know how many to expect!

    Ladies come for a relaxing walk through the Monarch Butterfly Grove at the Ellwood Mesa. The Monarch butterflies have returned to this eucalyptus grove as part of their migration. Last year the butterflies were sadly absent so it is a true delight that they are returning this fall/winter. We will meet up at the hiking path entrance. If the parking lot is full, there is parking at the Ellwood school. Following the hike we may find our way to a refreshing beverage at Draughtsmen Ale Works or another close by establishment.

    We look forward to a lovely time!

    • December 05, 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Private Location (near Hope Ranch) to be included in confirmation
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    This event is sold out…

    Please join the waitlist for a chance to attend!

    Newbies, here's an event just for you!


    Please join us on Sunday, December 5th to meet other Newbies, and some of our club's board members.  This is a casual afternoon event to get to know other Newbies over a glass of wine, snacks, and conversation.


    Please note, due cooler weather, we are moving this event from the Mission Rose Garden to a private Clubhouse near Hope Ranch.

    Directions will be provided in your confirmation email.


    What's a Newbie?  

    During this time of COVID-19 restrictions. a Newbie is a member of the Santa Barbara Newcomers Club who joined after January 2020. 


    If this event fills up, please add your name to the waitlist.


    Any questions or concerns, email welcoming@sbnewcomers.org


    A Note About Covid-19


    Please do not come to the event if:

    • You have tested positive to COVID-19 in the past 14 days
    • You have been in contact with anyone who has tested positive to the coronavirus in the past 14 days and you have not completed your vaccine protocol.
    • You are experiencing flu-like symptoms (fever, cough, or shortness of breath), regardless of whether you have completed your vaccine protocol.


    Please note: 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 07, 2021
    • 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
    • Leadbetter Beach, Shoreline Dr., Santa Barbara
    • 28
    Register

    MINDFULNESS & MANIFESTATION

    MORNING MEDITATION BY THE OCEAN

    DECEMBER 7, 2021 7:30Am to 8:30Am

    LEADBETTER BEACH


    Morning is often considered to be the best time to meditate, since the mind is quiet and fresh.  People appreciate morning meditation since it sets a calm and productive tone before the day's activities and distractions begin to creep into the mind. The benefits of morning meditation can include a mood boost, improved focus and productivity, and lower levels of stress and anxiety later in the day. 

    • December 08, 2021
    • 10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    • 1033 E Ojai Ave, Ojai, CA 93023
    • 6
    Register



    Golf at Soule Park Golf Course

    Please join us on Wednesday, December 8th, 2021 

    For 18 holes in beautiful Ojai California   

    Players of all skill levels are welcome to play

    This golf course is located in the Ojai Valley with breathtaking views of the Topatopa Mountains. It is an approximate 55 minute drive from Santa Barbara. 

    • We will be playing an 18 hole scramble with the first tee time at 10:30 AM.

    • The cost is $52.00 per person with a cart or $34 to walk. 

    • Please pay at the course. 

    • PAY TO PLAY:  We ask that everyone chip in $5 (to Alan or Brad) before the round to cover the cost of prizes for the winning team, longest drive (men & women), closest to the hole (men & women), raffle prize, and a consolation prize for the last place team.

    • After the round, we will gather outdoors at the course restaurant (located next to the clubhouse) for drinks, snacks and to award the prizes.  

    While Alumni are welcome at the golf events, we will delay registration for them for a few days to give priority to Newbies and Newcomers. 

    Foursome groups will be sent out 2 days prior to the event.

    • December 08, 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Casa Del Herrero, 1387 E Valley Rd, Montecito, CA 93108
    • 0
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    Local Heritage Committee Presents ...

    A Tour of Casa del Herrero

    Please join us on a tour of the legendary Montecito estate, Casa del Herrero (House of the Blacksmith).

    Few of Montecito’s legendary estates remain essentially unchanged. Casa del Herrero, designed by architect George Washington Smith and completed in 1925, is noted as one of the finest examples of Spanish Colonial Revival architecture in America. The estate is included on the National Register of Historic Places and, in January 2009, was designated a National Historic Landmark.

    The historic home, workshop, and gardens on an 11 acre site are also included in the tour. You are encouraged to visit their website for more information here. For this special event, the Home and Gardens will be decorated for the Holidays.

    NOTE: This event is open ONLY to members who have completed their vaccination protocol and may be asked to provide proof.

    Guidelines for Visiting the Casa, Effective July 2021

    • Individuals experiencing cough or fever should not come to the estate.
    • Face coverings are mandatory (regardless of vaccination status) throughout the Casa in all indoor spaces. The face covering must cover the nose and mouth at all times.
    • Keep a distance of six feet from people not in your household.
    • Wash your hands frequently. The Casa has added hand sanitizer stations all over the estate.
    • To protect your health, no food or drinks are allowed at the estate.
    • With the exception of trained service dogs, animals are not permitted on the Casa grounds or in parked automobiles during tours. Kindly leave all pets at home as they must not be left unattended.
    • The estate is a smoke-free zone. Therefore, smoking is not permitted.
    • All tour guests should be aware that there are stairs and uneven surfaces throughout the estate and that caution should be exercised on the outdoor cobblestone pathways and garden areas. Sensible footwear and sun hats are recommended.
    • Tours are rain or shine.
    • We welcome outdoor photography of the house and gardens.
    • December 08, 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • SB Glassblowing, 706 E. Mason St. Santa Barbara, Ca. 93103
    • 0
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    Private Demonstration at Santa Barbara Glassblowing Studios

    Wednesday, December 8, 2021 2:00pm to 4:00pm

    Experience a live glassblowing demonstration of an ancient craft with artist Saul Alcaraz.

    Saul Alcaraz has pursued his passion for glass blowing, fusing and fabrication since 1988. He exhibits an extraordinary style and enthusiasm from his studio in Santa Barbara, California. Saul uses a variety of glass such as iridescent, translucent and dichroic. Each piece is blown, shaped or cut-out by hand and assembled into a form that ensures no two finished pieces are the same. On this tour, Saul will demonstrate his technique and take us through his process. 

    NOTE: This event is open ONLY to members who have completed their vaccination protocol and may be asked to provide proof. Please wear a mask and bring a bottle of water. 

    • December 08, 2021
    • 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
    • The New Vic Theater, 33 W Victoria St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
    • 0
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    Backstage Tour of the New Vic Theater with Wine & Cheese Reception

    Join us for a private reception, in the Vic/Ensemble with the Artistic Director, Johnathan Fox, followed by a backstage tour. Learn of the history of live theater here in Santa Barbara as well as visit the newly $22 million dollar renovation to this gorgeous playhouse.

    NOTE: COID-19 Vaccination Code or Card and Photo ID will be checked.

    • December 08, 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Private residence, address to follow
    • 2
    Register


    2D RUMMIKUB NIGHT

    Wednesday, December 8, 2021

    6:00 - 9:00pm


    We will be playing a unique, fun and challenging 2-dimensional version of the popular game Rummikub. It’s a game of both luck and skill using 4 different colors of numbered tiles (1 – 13) that must be played as RUNS (consecutive numbers) of at least 3 tiles of the SAME color, or GROUPS of 3 or 4 tiles of the same number but DIFFERENT colors. Tiles on the table can be manipulated or added to on each turn after opening. Easy to learn, harder to master!

    This event is open ONLY to members who have completed their vaccination protocol and may be asked to provide proof.

    • December 09, 2021
    • 1:30 PM - 6:30 PM
    • Santa Barbara Golf Club
    • 7
    Register


    LADIES LINKS & DRINKS

    Please join us on Thursday, December 9th at the

    Santa Barbara Municipal Golf Club

    Join other women golfers for a fun afternoon of golf and socializing!

    • We will be playing a 9 hole scramble -- this fun format welcomes players of all skill levels.  
    • First tee time is 1:30 pm
    • Cost is $39 person and includes green fee, cart, and range balls - pay at the course when you check in.
    • Remember to bring $10 to cover the cost of prizes.

    After the round, we will gather outdoors at Mulligan's Café
    for drinks, social time and prizes.

    Contact chairs by emailing linksanddrinks@sbnewcomers.org with any questions. 

    • December 09, 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Creekside Restaurant and Bar, 4444 Hollister Ave, Santa Barbara, CA 93110
    • 7
    Register

    Dinner at Creekside Restaurant and Bar

    Let's get together for dinner and drinks at Creekside Restaurant and Bar. Creekside has a wide selection of food and drinks. We will meet on the small patio. Parking is in their parking lot.

    • December 09, 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Riverbench Tasting Room 137 Anacapa St. Suite C Santa Barbara
    • 5
    Register

    Join us on Thursday, December 9

    for a repeat of our Holiday Wine Tasting event...

    featuring the sparkling wines of 

    At their Santa Barbara tasting room located in the Funk Zone

    We will start off the evening with a glass of Riverbench 2017 Brut Rosé  with flavors of meringue, marzipan and raspberries. Enjoy this light, fresh and fruity sparkler with some delicious nibbles from The Cheese Shop.We will then begin our tasting of four of Riverbench's delicious sparkling wines:

    • 2017 Blanc de Blanc A traditional sparkling wine with aromas of toasted brioche and lemon peel.
    • 2017 Blanc de Noirs - A Deep & complex sparkling wine suitable for special occasions.
    • 2017 Pinot Meunier - Santa Barbara's only sparkling Pinot Meunier with a palate of berry, caraway, and a touch of yeast.
    • 2018 Cork Jumper Cuvee  - A delicious blend of the three main grapes used in Champagne, France: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier.

         

    Be sure to stay until the end of the event...one lucky member will take home a beautiful bottle of Riverbench sparkling wine. 

    You can also stock up on your favorites for all of your holiday parties and gift giving with a 10% discount off any of Riverbench’s one-of-a-kind sparkling holiday bottles.

    A little bit of the history of Riverbench:

    The acclaimed Riverbench Vineyard, planted in the early 1970's, is the northernmost AVA in Santa Barbara County - situated on the bank of the Sisquoc River on the southeastern edge of the Santa Maria Valley.

    In 2008, Riverbench committed to a premium sparkling wine program, taking steps to grow wines that are inspired by centuries of sparkling wine making history in Champagne, France. The historic Riverbench vineyard currently consists of 115 acres of Pinot Noir and 15 acres of Chardonnay; in 2015, they added the third great grape varietal famous in French Champagne, Pinot Meunier, to their vineyard, and were the first to produce a Santa Barbara sparkling Pinot Meunier sparkling wine  beginning in 2019.

    All of Riverbench's Santa Barbara sparkling wines are made in the traditional méthode champenoise -.the same process used in the Champagne region of France to produce Champagne. This labor intensive process involves bottle fermenting their estate grown juice to naturally achieve a carbonated wine.

    • December 10, 2021
    • 9:00 AM
    • San Ysidro Trailhead

    No hike if it is raining - bring plenty of water!

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

    San Ysidro Trail to Saddle Rock   This hike begins at the San Ysidro trail and then connects over to Saddle Rock on the McMenemy trail and loops back west on the Girard trail back to the McMenemy trail. The distance is about 5 miles and will take approximately 2 - 2 1/2 hours. Go at your own pace and there are good turn back points at the interconnection of the McMenemy and Girard Trails (which would make an approximately 3 mile hike). Total elevation gain 1,100 ft.  As you traverse over to Saddle Rock there are views of ocean, canyons, valleys and creeks. This is a moderate rated hike depending on your turn back choices, but there is one steep section.

    Trail Map  Map to Trailhead

    DIRECTIONS: Meet at the San Ysidro trail head on Mountain Drive just east of San Ysidro Ranch. From either direction, exit Fwy 101 at San Ysidro Rd and turn toward the mountains. Go 1.0 mile to East Valley Rd (CA 192) and turn right.  Continue 0.9 miles to Park Lane and turn left. (Park Lane is easy to miss.  Look for Eucalyptus trees on your left.  You’ll turn left after the last one.) Go 0.4 miles and as Park Lane turns right, you veer left onto East Mountain Drive. The trailhead is 0.2 miles ahead on the right.  Park on East Mountain. 

    Please Join us!

    NOTICE TO PARTICIPANTS

    Please do not come to the event if:

    1. You have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days

    2. You have been in contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days and you have not completed your vaccine protocol.

    3. You are experiencing flu-like symptoms (fever, cough, or shortness of breath), regardless of whether you have completed your vaccine protocol.

    Please note: 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 10, 2021
      • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
      • 15 W Ortega St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101


      Join us for TGIF at

         

      Location: tucked off of State wildcatlounge.com

      Wildcat Lounge - Santa Barbara - Cartas

      TGIF events are happy hours on Fridays from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM at a local restaurant or bar. No registration required just show up and look for our red signs near the venue.  This event is open to newbies, alumni, and public.  

      Please do not come to the event if:

      • You have tested positive to COVID-19 in the past 14 days
      • You have been in contact with anyone who has tested positive to the coronavirus in the past 14 days and you have not completed your vaccine protocol.
      • You are experiencing flu-like symptoms (fever, cough, or shortness of breath), regardless of whether you have completed your vaccine protocol.
      • December 11, 2021
      • 6:30 PM
      • Hosts' Homes
      • 0
      Join waitlist

       

      Dining In! is all about making new friends!

      In December, enjoy a potluck dinner, gathering with Newcomers at a member's home. 

      NOTE: Most dinners this month will be held indoors since we can't predict December weather. 

      Register by November 24!   Be sure to join the waitlist, if the event is filled.  And, if you want to attend as a couple, both of you must be registered.

      Here’s how it works: 

      • Each month we will arrange 3-6 dinner parties depending on who signs up.  
      • Dinners can be more formal or completely casual or anything in between, as each Host chooses. 
      • Dinner parties range in size from 6-14 guests depending on how many guests each Host can accommodate.  
      • We'll ask you for a few of your preferences when you register and try to match you up at a home with folks of similar interests.

      Let us know if you prefer to be with Singles or with Young Professionals, and whether you prefer a vegetarian or vegan meal.  We can't guarantee a perfect match, but we expect that you'll find some like-minded friends at your dinner table.


      Our hosts have agreed to welcome Newcomers for the evening.  They will coordinate with their guests to define the plan for the evening, sometimes identifying a theme for dinner.   Hosts provide tableware, glasses and water, and can also provide one of the dishes, if they would like


      Each guest brings his or her own beverage of choice and a dish as coordinated with the host (e.g., appetizer, entree, side, dessert, or whatever!)  Each guest must register; if you are a couple, both persons must register.


      Everyone... pitches in to make the event as fun and memorable as possible! Sharing a meal you helped create is one of the best ways to turn Newcomers into New Friends!


      All registrants must be fully vaccinated against COVID, per the request of our hosts.  

      So what happens after you sign up?

      About two weeks before the event, each Host will receive the Guest list, reflecting everyone's preferences as much as possible.  We will also send Guests their Host's contact info.   A Committee member will help guide Guests and Hosts through the details of planning the dinner.

      If you'd like to be a future Host (yes!) or have questions, please contact the committee chair at diningin@sbnewcomers.org or explain your requests on our registration form.