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PUBLIC EVENTS Calendar

Public Events

The events shown in the Club's Public Events Calendar are open to Members, Extended Members, Alumni (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

    • January 02, 2019
    • July 31, 2020
    • 96 sessions
    • Meet at Char West on the Wharf


    Please join our group of 30 to 50 walkers, consisting of Newcomers, Graduates, and longtime Santa Barbara residents, as we walk along the waterfront.


    There's no need to register.  The Stearns Wharf Walking Group starts and ends at Char West near the Ice Cream Shop (MWF).  Parking is free that time of day.  Enjoy time with the group for coffee at Francisco's Char West.

    We start walking promptly at 8:00am and 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. 


    • August 19, 2019
    • July 20, 2020
    • 12 sessions
    • The Hotel Californian, 36 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA

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    3/16/2020 Orientation CANCELLED

    We would love to have you join us for one of our orientation meetings!

    You're invited to a Reception followed by a "Welcome to Newcomers" Meeting.


    On the third 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. 

    You only have to attend one meeting!


    Santa Barbara Newcomers Club is the biggest social club in all of Santa Barbara! We are 700+ members strong and offer over 50 events a month for you to participate in.

    By joining the club, you are able to partake in lots of fun activities, meet great people and learn all about your new home town.

    We will give you all the details about this outstanding club including dues, how to register, what types of events are held, members, etc.  Again, you only need to attend one orientation meeting!!

    We look forward to meeting you!

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    **NO RESERVATIONS REQUIRED, JUST SHOW UP!**

    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.


    36 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA

    Parking is available in the public parking structure on property located on Helena Ave or street parking. 

    Enter the main lobby off of Mason Street - look for the hotel informational sign once inside the hotel lobby - we are typically in a room off to the right).



    For more information, please contact the VP Membership

    membership@sbnewcomers.org

    • January 14, 2020
    • July 30, 2020
    • 58 sessions
    • Hendry's Beach (See event details)


    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 stridebythetide@sbnewcomers.org with any questions.


    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.


    Wear shoes that can be used on the beach for rocks, sand.

    • January 29, 2020
    • August 09, 2020
    • 8 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.

    No need to register - just show up!

    Free!


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    Questions?  Contact Carol or Mike Gill

    newcomersdogs@sbnewcomers.org

    For directions to Hendry's Beach, click here

    • April 03, 2020
    • 8:30 AM
    • 1150 San Roque Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93105



    No hike if raining.  Bring plenty of water.

    JESUSITA TRAIL TO INSPIRATION POINT – 8:30 AM. This hike approaches Inspiration Point, from the west via San Roque Canyon and through the Moreno Ranch.   This hike offers ocean and city vistas as well as mountain views to the north of areas like Cathedral Peak.

    Map of the trail.

    Distance: ~6.5 miles round trip.

    Elevation gain: ~1000 feet.

    Hiking Time~2.5-3 hours

    Out and back hike, turn around anytime.

    Here is a google map link for the trailhead.

    DIRECTIONS:  Exit 101 at Las Positas and turn toward the mountains. Crossing State St., Las Positas becomes San Roque. Continue on San Roque past 192. (You can also get to San Roque via 192.)  Go 1/2 mile past 192 and park at the Cater Water Filtration Plant.  The trail head for Jesusita is to the right of the water plant.

     Hike Guide: Joe Skorupa

    Hope to see you there!

     

    • April 03, 2020
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Pali Wine Co, 116 E Yanonali St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

    TGIF - Please join us!

    Pali Wine Co

    Kick off your weekend with a wine tasting and great company!

    Pali Wine Company is a local winery with a great selection of local wines, two different tasting flights and a great location in the Funk Zone. They also have a nice patio for socializing and numerous food establishments nearby should you find yourself peckish afterwards.



    Pali Wine Co

    • April 05, 2020
    • 9:00 AM

    Social Hiking At a Relaxed Pace (S.H.A.R.P.)

    When: Sunday April 5, 2020
    9:00 AM
    Where:   San Antonio Creek


    The trail begins in at the far end of Tucker's Grove, a popular picnic spot on the weekend. It wanders along, following San Antonio Creek through meadows and a mixed forest of oaks, sycamores, and bay laurels until the trail finally ends beneath highway 154. It's shaded most of the way. 

    This is a very pleasant walking trail with only about 300 ft. elevation gain in approximately 2 miles. Total walking time is 1 to 1 1/2 hours.

    Directions: Exit Hwy. 101 at Turnpike Rd. heading north towards the mountains. At Cathedral Oaks Rd., drive straight through the intersection, entering Tucker's Grove. Turn right, and drive to the furthest parking area (0.3 miles).

    On-leash dogs welcome.

    Please wear comfortable shoes and bring water and sunblock.

    • April 10, 2020
    • 8:30 AM
    • 1321 Dover Road, Santa Barbara

    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: Richard Chiles

    Hope to see you there!

    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!

    • April 15, 2020
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM



    Save the Date!

    • April 17, 2020
    • 8:30 AM
    • San Ysidro Trailhead


    No hike if raining - bring plenty of water

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

    San Ysidro Trail to Saddle Rock – 8:30am.  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 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.

    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.

    Hike Leader: Mike McCourt

    Hope to see you there!

    • April 24, 2020
    • 9:00 AM
    • Figueroa Mountain Road

    Come see the wildflowers.  Two different hikes

    Meet at Starbucks La Cubre Plaza at 8:00AM to car pool, or 9:00AM at the trailhead

    No hike if raining - Bring plenty of water!


    This is a Friday meetup – no need to register.

    We're off to see some wildflowers. The payoff is beautiful views of the Figueroa Mountain area and quite possibly the best show of wildflowers in the area on Grass Mountain; we hope to see fields of poppies and purple lupine among others.

    1)For those who enjoy  the challenge of a tougher hike, there's Grass Mountain.  Although it's only 5.3 miles, this is not an easy hike (2400' of elevation gain) and is strenuous due to steepness towards the end. Hiking pole(s)!

    2)If you prefer something a little easier, Lover's Loop is 3.7 miles with about 700' of elevation gain.  There are beautiful wildflowers along this trail as well, but stars of the show are the wildflowers on Grass Mountain. 

    Map to trailhead

    Parking permit required:  Click hereto download


    1: Grass Mountain: The Grass Mountain Trail begins at the trailhead at Birabent Bridge on Figueroa Mountain Drive from Los Olivos and wanders a short distance along Birabent Creek. From the creek bed it's a steady and steep uphill grind to get to the top.   This hike requires an excellent level of trail fitness due to the steep elevation gain. Bring hiking poles, plenty of water, some electrolyte replenishment and some snacks.  From the trailhead to the top of Grass Mountain is a steep 2.65 mile uphill climb.  This is an up and back trail, and if one wants to avoid the steep part at the end, there is a nice turnaround point under a large, shady oak.

    2: Lover's Loop:This loop shares the same trailhead and we will all walk together for a short distance before the trails diverge.  Lover's Loop travels through the foothills, traversing meadows and oak forests There will be total of three creek crossings; each fairly shallow.  Consider a pole if you're unsure.   There are some flowers along the way, but the show is the view of Grass Mountain in the distance.  The full hike is under 4 miles, with very low elevation gain.  This is a very popular hike in the area.

    Directions:  You can car pool from the Starbucks La Cumbre Plaza at 8:00am or meet us at the trailhead at 9:00am.  Take 154 (San Marcos Pass) toward Los Olivos. Go straight beyond the rotary to Figueroa Mountain Road, which is directly across from Grand Ave. in Los Olivos. Turn right and drive approximately 6.7 miles, passing the entrance to Midland School at mile 5 and continuing to the cattle guard crossing at the sharp right turn. Parking is on both sides of Figueroa Mountain Road.  The best parking may be the pullout area just BEFORE the cattle guard. 

     

     Hike leaders: Chip Gierhart and Mike McCourt

    This is a once-a-year hike to see the wildflowers.

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    • April 25, 2020
    • 9:00 AM
    • San Marcos Foothills Preserve

    Social Hiking At a Relaxed Pace (S.H.A.R.P.)

    When?

    Saturday April 25, 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.

    The Preserve is the feeding ground for hawks, kestrels, kites, roadrunners, coyotes, bobcats, and hundreds of other animal species. It offers nesting locations for dozens of native bird species, and it provides connecting corridors for wildlife to Los Padres National Forest and Goleta Slough.

    Panorama of the San Marcos Foothills Preserve

    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. After the hike, we will meet nearby to socialize.

    How to Get There:

    San Marcos Foothills Preserve is located just east of Highway 154 (although you access it from west of 154) and north of Foothill Road. We will meet at the main public access at the western portion of the Preserve at the end of Via Gaitero Road.

    • May 09, 2020
    • 9:00 AM
    • Ennisbrook Trail


    Social Hiking At a Relaxed Pace (S.H.A.R.P.)


    When?  Saturday, May 9, 2020
    9:00 AM

    Where?  Ennisbrook Trail


    The Ennisbrook Trail meanders through a 44-acre nature preserve located at the base of mountains in the heart of Montecito, featuring old stone bridges and oak, olive, sycamore and eucalyptus groves where monarch butterflies gather during their annual migration.

    No need to register. Just show up. Downpour cancels, but we’ll go ahead in light rain. Bring water and sunblock.

    Dogs on leash are welcome.

    After the hike, join us for coffee.

    Directions: From Santa Barbara, take 101 South to the San Ysidro Road exit.  Drive one block north to San Leandro Lane and turn right.  Continue 0.7 miles to the parking pullout on the left near the trailhead sign and white picket fence.  (San Leandro Lane jogs left and then right again.  The street signs are easy to see, but if you miss the first turn and find yourself on Jaracanda Lane, turn around and make a right onto San Leandro.  If you miss the second turn and find yourself on Santa Rosa Lane, turn around and make a left onto San Leandro.)

    • May 15, 2020
    • 8:30 AM
    • Gaviota Wind Caves Trailhead

    All our hikes may be changed due to weather, roads, construction, etc.  Check here before you leave or subscribe to our email list below.

    Gaviota Wind Caves Hike

    Ocean View hike to the Gaviota sandstone wind caves and tunnels. We will hike to the rock formations and an overlook with  great views of the ocean and mountains.  

    There are a few short, steep spots where you may want hiking poles.

    The hike is moderate, 4 miles round trip, and has 500 feet of elevation gain.  Some wildflowers are still out.

    Meet at Sears Auto Center parking lot to carpool at 7:45AM or the trailhead at 8:30AM.

    Directions to the Trailhead:

    Take 101 north to Gaviota State Park. Make a left turn off of 101 at Gaviota Beach Rd.

    After a quarter of mile, turn right onto Hollister Ranch Rd before the state park entrance.

    Go 500ft, up a slight hill.

    Trailhead is on your right. Parking on both sides of the road.

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     Hike Guide: Bob Bogle

    Photos by Bob Bogle March 2019

    Bring plenty of water and sunscreen.

    Hope to see you there!