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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

    • August 19, 2019
    • February 17, 2020
    • 7 sessions
    • The Hotel Californian, 36 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA


    New in Town? 

    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

    • September 01, 2019
    • January 05, 2020
    • 6 sessions
    • 2981 Cliff Drive, Santa Barbara CA
    • 30

    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 Carolyn or Dave Styler

    newcomersdogs@sbnewcomers.org

    For directions to Hendry's Beach, click here

    • September 03, 2019
    • January 30, 2020
    • 44 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.

    • September 17, 2019
    • 12:00 AM
    • October 25, 2019
    • 11:59 PM
    Register

     The 2020 Axxess Card is now available to be purchased through Santa Barbara Newcomers.  The card is a great way to explore Santa Barbara's great restaurants and stores and $13 of each Axxess Card purchased through the Club is donated back to the Club. You do not need to be a member to purchase a card through Newcomers!



    Benefits of Axxess

    Axxess features exclusive discounts at over 500 Local Merchants, with over 180 2-1 Offers. It include unbeatable savings on dining out, golf, wine tasting, your home, your health, your car & your kids. Membership includes a Merchant Directory & an Axxess Card.  Axxess is simple and smart.  Show your card, save your money!  Average savings per family per year is $300.  Visit their online Merchant Directory to view the current list of participating merchants. The 2020 Axxess Card will be good from the day you activate until December 30, 2020. 

    The Axxess App

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

    Unlimited Discounted Movie Tickets

    Discounted tickets are available for Metropolitan Theatres in Santa Barbara and Goleta and for Cinemark Theatres in Ventura.  Visit their online shop for purchasing information.

    Discounted Theme Park & Museum Tickets

    Save on admission to California's theme parks and attractions including: Aquarium of the Pacific, California Academy of Sciences, Dodgers Games, Gilroy Gardens, Knott's Berry Farm, Knott's Soak City, LegoLand, Six Flags Magic Mountain, Six Flags Hurricane Harbor, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Santa Barbara Natural History Museum, San Diego Zoo & Safari Park, Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, Santa Barbara Zoo, Sea Center, SeaWorld, Universal Studios and more.

    Discounted Gift Certificates

    As an Axxess Member you can purchase from their online inventory of discounted gift certificates.  Save 20% to 70% on face-value.

    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

    We expect to pick up the first books the first week of October and will work to get them hand delivered to everyone who purchases the book.

    Your Newcomer Club contact:  Ed Heywood


    Santa Barbara Axxess Card

    • October 23, 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Margerum Wine Company, 19 E. Mason Street, Santa Barbara


    Join us for a Cheers event with flavor & friends!


    Margerum Wine Company

    October 23, 2019

    5:30 - 7:30pm

    The Margerum Tasting Room, located across from the Hotel Californian, offers handcrafted wines by award-winning winemaker Doug Margerum. Enjoy local wine and a tasty selection of small plates on the menu with Santa Barbara Newcomer friends. 

    Parking is available at the new public lot at Mason St and Helena Ave as well as in the residential area.

    Margerum Wine Company

    Cheers is the first event for our newest members fresh from orientation, and all Newcomers are welcome to attend. It’s a great way to mingle with board members and committee chairs in a relaxed atmosphere
    • October 25, 2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • Tequepis Trail Head

     “Tequepis” Trail

    No hike if raining. 



    This is a long hike so take plenty of water and a snack.  The driving distance from Starbucks at La Cumbre Mall is around 10 miles. This hike has been postponed twice, but was enjoyed by all the first couple of times we did it so it is worth the trip. We can meet at Starbucks at 8:30am, then carpool or caravan or you can meet us there at 9:00 am, if you know the way.   

    Tequepis” Trail hike begins near Lake Cachuma and ascends the north side of the Santa Ynez Mountains behind Santa Barbara. The trail up offers spectacular views of the lake and valley, and there are broader stunning ocean views from the top. This is an invigorating 8.4-mile round trip hike with 2,300 feet of elevation gain. The hike is a steady incline but very doable at your own pace.  The hike is 2hr up and 1 ½hr down. Hikers don’t have to make it to the top for fantastic views all the way!  After the hike we can meet at “Cold Springs Tavern” for refreshments.  

    To get to the trailhead: From Santa Barbara, take the 154 north toward Lake Cachuma. Continue 7.7 miles past Cold Springs Arch Bridge and turn left at the sign for Circle V Ranch. This is the next turnoff after a sign for Camp Allegre. If you reach the entrance for Lake Cachuma Recreation Area, you have gone half a mile too far. From the turnoff, take the road to the left and drive 1.3 miles to the parking lot at the end of the road outside Circle V Camp – Saint Vincent de Paul Camp.

    Hike Leaders: Bo Kite and Mike McCourt


    Hope to see you there


    • October 25, 2019
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • 15 East Cabrillo Blvd. (across from Wharf between State and Helena St)

    Bluewater Grill

    Join us for Newcomers TGIF

    Come in and get hooked on the best in fresh, sustainable seafood. Enjoy a waterfront patio, full bar, happy hour, extensive local wine selection, and the best harbor view in Santa Barbara. We're located at the base of State Street, on Cabrillo between State & Helena St, across from Stearns Wharf – on the water, naturally.

    Voted top two Chowder in Santa Barbara at Chowderfest 2018!  

    • October 26, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Ellwood Bluffs


    Social Hiking At a Relaxed Pace

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

    When

    Saturday, October 26, 2019

    9:00 AM

    Where

    Ellwood Bluffs

    Join us as we hike the Ellwood Bluffs Trail at the Santa Barbara Shores County Park.  We will hike across flat grasslands and through eucalyptus groves, where we might see some of the Monarch butterflies that migrate this time of year (although this is just at the beginning of the migration season). Perhaps the most spectacular part of the hike is walking along an 80 foot cliff at the Pacific Ocean's edge.  Breath deeply as you take in the ocean views.  


    Dogs on leash are welcome.

    Minimal elevation gain. No rough terrain. No rush. Just nature, fun and conversation. 

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

    After the hike we will meet nearby to socialize over coffee.


    Directions: From Santa Barbara drive north on 101.  Exit at Glen Annie Road/Storke Road and turn left.  Drive 1/4 mile to Hollister Ave. and turn right. In 1.5 miles, turn left at the stoplight into the Santa Barbara County Park parking lot, directly across from Ellwood School. Park anywhere in the park's parking lot.

    Questions? Contact sharp@sbnewcomers.org



    • October 26, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • See event posting


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

    Yes, I am Riding!

    This is one of our only 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!

    Helmets required.  Have plenty of water with you. Rain postpones.

    Join the SBNC Strava Group and help support and encourage your fellow riders! 


    • October 28, 2019
    • February 03, 2020
    • 15 sessions
    • Live Oak Cafe (next to the Best Western Encina Lodge, 2220 Bath Street, Santa Barbara


    Monday Mah Jongg 

    New location: Live Oak Cafe (next to the Best Western Encina Lodge, 2220 Bath Street, Santa Barbara

    Due to the recent closure of High Sierra/Flight Line we have had to find a new "home" for our Monday Mah Jongg playing!  Play ranges from beginners to fast and frenzied to playing for $$!

    I am thrilled to report that the Live Oak Cafe has agreed to allow us to play in their patio room on Mondays from 2 pm to 4 pm for $5 per person and all the water we can drink! (and use of the bathroom!)

    All this starts on Monday, September 16, 2-4pm.  Come early for lunch and/or stay late for happy hour. I hope all that can make it will come out to play and support our new location! 

    The Live Oak Cafe is located (by the Best Western Encina Lodge) at 2220 Bath Street in Santa Barbara. Parking is available in the hotel parking lot and on the street).

    Live Oak Cafe

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    Mah Jongg is a game of both skill and luck that originated in China many centuries ago and was brought to the West in the 1920's.   The excitement of Mah Jongg lies in the decisions that you will constantly have to make. 

    Come play!  All you need is the 2019 American Mah Jongg Card and a basic knowledge of the game, and you’ll be ready to play!  Invite your Mah Jongg playing friends to come, too!

    If you already know the game and want to meet new players, we invite you to drop in and join us!

    You can email us with any questions if you need more information, at: mahjongg@sbnewcomers.org

    • October 31, 2019
    • 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Topa Topa Brewing Co, 120 Santa Barbara St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
    • 24
    Register



    Let's do something to celebrate this Halloween!

    Costumes optional but recommended - readiness for fall and general spookiness required.

    Guests also welcome at this event, this is just an informal meetup.

    • November 01, 2019
    • 8:30 AM
    • San Ysidro 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.

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

    San Ysidro 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.  No shade; Thomas Fire area.  As you traverse over to Saddle Rock there are views of ocean, canyons, valleys and creeks. Difficulty: moderate to strenuous 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: Ed Kaufman

    Hope to see you there!

    • November 01, 2019
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Casa Blanca Restaurant & Cantina, 330 State Street, Santa Barbara CA, 93101


    Casa Blanca Restaurant & Cantina

    Join us for Newcomers TGIF

    The beautiful exterior of Casa Blanca is just the beginning for diners entering Santa Barbara’s hottest new Mexican restaurant – rivaled only by the wondrous interior created by local renowned architect Jeff Shelton. Shelton included such features as solid black Acacia hand carved bar, 5,000 square feet of custom designed cement tile, and hand blown glass fixtures hanging from the ceiling. Delicious and innovative cuisine is created in their spacious display kitchen. Mexican classics like chile rellenos, tamales and fajitas, as well as specialties like the Puerco en salsa tomate. Patio dining, a private banquet facility – Casa Blanca is a joy for all the senses.

    Casa Blanca Restaurant & Cantina


    • November 02, 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • See event posting


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

    Yes, I am Riding!

    This week's ride has several options and takes us along the Obern Bike Trail, Santa Barbara Harbor, Butterfly Beach, Summerland and Padaro Lane. There are three options for riding 13, 29 or 38 miles from Goleta Beach to Padero Beach. The starting points are at Goleta Beach, the intersection of Modoc and Encore Dr. (at the Obern Trail Head), and the Andree Clark Bird Refuge.

    Check out the ride map!

    Start time is 8:00 AM at Goleta Beach, 8:30 AM at Modoc and Encore Dr., and 9:15 AM at the Andree Clark Bird Refuge. The coffee stop will be at the Padero Beach Grill. For those riding the long 38-mile route the total climbing is 1,100 feet.

    Helmets required.  Have plenty of water with you. Rain postpones.

    Join the SBNC Strava Group and help support and encourage your fellow riders! 


    • November 03, 2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • Santa Barbara Area

    When: Sunday November 3, 2019

    9:00 AM

    Where: Douglas Preserve/Arroyo Beach


    Cross the foot bridge that leads up and through the windswept woods of Douglas Preserve as we make our way to the bluffs above Arroyo Burro Beach.  From the far point, we can follow along the bluff and, if we're lucky, we’ll see a hang-glider leap from the cliff into the breeze that rises from below.  As we leave the Preserve, we take a short walk down a residential street (past the Beach Boys' old compound) over to the Mesa Lane steps.  Fortunately, we will go down the steps (not up), then along the beach as we make a loop back.  The loop is 2 miles plus, so if we want a bit more walking we can continue down the beach.  The 200-foot rise at beginning of the walk is a wide path that traverses an incline, fun to do at a Relaxed Pace.

    After the hike, the Lighthouse Coffee (formerly The Good Cup) is 2 minutes up Cliff Drive located next to CVS at the corner of Cliff Drive and Meigs Road.  A little hidden, but you can easily access it from the parking lot.

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

    Directions:  We will meet at the parking area Hendry's Beach (also known as Arroyo Burro Beach).  You can find us at the far end of the auxiliary parking area - in simple terms, the parking spots most distant from the beach.

    Questions? Contact sharp@sbnewcomers.org.

    • November 08, 2019
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • The Red Piano - 519 State Street, Santa Barbara

    TGIF !

    Back by popular demand!

    November 8,  5 - 7 pm

    The Red Piano


    Please join us at 

    The Red Piano

    The Red Piano is an all-request, high energy piano bar that offers live music every night of the week.  Specials $2 off their wine by the glass, draft beer, and well liquor.

    See you on the 8th!

    https://www.theredpiano.com  

      

     

    • November 10, 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • See event posting


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

    Yes, I am Riding!

    Directions to Starting Point: Get off the 101 at the Refugio exit and park on the dirt as you start to go north on Refugio Rd.  Option “A” up to 28 Miles and 2200+ ft of elevation, (moderate to difficult), and Option “B” 14 Mile (Easy).

    Option A: Starts 8:30 at Refugio exit.  Ride up Refugio Canyon road, 3 miles with nearly 500 ft of elevation to the Circle Bar B Guest Ranch. Where there is a turn of century guest ranch that has been handed down through 4 generations.  For the strong riders, they can continue for up to another 3.8 miles and nearly 1,800 ft of elevation gain (20% grade in some spots). Other’s may wish to stop for coffee.  At 9:15 we start our descent back to meet up with the Option “B” group.

    Option B: Starts 9:30ish at Refugio exit.  After meeting up with the Option “A” group at their cars, we will explore Refugio State Park with breathtaking coastal views along the parks bike paths: Ride south through the park on bike trails towards El Capitan State Park. We then backtrack and cross under the freeway and ride along Calle Real (north side of the freeway frontage road) to El Capitan State Park. The Road continues for 500ft and ends at a Class 1 bike path continuing south along the rolling hills for a mile or two. Note there is a 20 percent incline for those who feel like trying it.  We then cross over to El Capitan State Park and ride north along the bike path weaving through the campgrounds with beautiful coastal views, and coming back along the park roads.  We will have lunch at the at El Capitan Canyon resort/campgrounds (A private campground just inland from the State Park), good sandwiches and soups. Then we return to our cars along Calle Real frontage road.

    Helmets required.  Have plenty of water with you. Rain postpones.

    Join the SBNC Strava Group and help support and encourage your fellow riders! 


    • November 15, 2019
    • 8:30 AM
    • Romero Canyon Trailhead on Bella Vista

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

    There are two ways up Romero Canyon, either the trail or the "old" fire road. The road is an easier hike, it has several good view points on the way up, so you could turn around at any point. The trail is more direct.  The views from the top have always been spectacular.
    When we meetup, hikers may choose the road or trail. 

    Hike Guide: Martina Kuhl

    Map of the Romero Canyon fire road, the trail is also shown in blue.

    Elevation:  ~ 1400 ft.

    Distance: 4 miles each way; turnaround anytime

    Make sure you bring water, sunscreen, and a hat.

    Google maps link to trailhead.

    DIRECTIONS: Meet at the Romero Canyon trail head on Bella Vista Rd. 

    101 to Sheffield Dr (Exit #92) in Montecito (Sheffield is a LEFT LANE EXIT coming from Santa Barbara). 

    Turn toward the mountains and follow signs to Sheffield.

    About 1.4 miles after exiting the 101, Sheffield ends at E. Valley Rd (CA-192).

    Turn left on E. Valley and then turn immediately right on to Romero Canyon Rd.

    Continue up Romero Canyon, bearing right to avoid entering Lilac Lane. 

    One mile after first entering Romero, turn right on to Bella Vista Dr. and go .3 miles to the trailhead on your left. During the week there is ample parking along the road.

    Join our email list here for a weekly email with hike info.
    • November 15, 2019
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Chase Bar and Grill, 1012 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

    Join us for TGIF at Chase Bar and Grill

    NEW Venue for TGIF!!! 


    The atmosphere is lively, the lighting festive, and the cast of local characters can't be beat!

    Specials for Newcomers at TGIF - Come check it out!!

    Looking forward to seeing everyone!

    Chase Bar and Grill

    • November 15, 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Unity Church of Santa Barbara - 227 E Arrellaga St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
    • 46
    Register

    They are back! The Newcomer’s own acting company.

    Santa Barbara Readers Theater’s next event is scheduled for Friday November 15th in the Sanctuary of the Santa Barbara Unity Church.

    And yes, we’ve heard you!

    Arrival time will 6:00 PM with refreshments being served before and at Intermission.

    The performance starts at 6:45 and should end around 9:00.

    You will be entertained by

    JK Campbell & Christie Jenkins in “The Gin Game”

    Gail Bogle, Sylvia Hoffman, Nannette Halasz, Linda Wortham, Matt Benitez and Bruce Falstein in Act One
    Scenes 1 & 2 of “The Sisters Rosensweig”

     Joe Skorupa and Jenn Marron in Part Two of “Love
    Letters”

    And a special musical presentation with Lisa Lang and JT Coristine singing “I Think I’ve Got You Beat” from “Shrek the Musical”.


    Registration is limited to 65; so run to your
    nearest computer and register!



    • November 16, 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Santa Barbara


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

    Yes, I am Riding!

    Helmets required.  Have plenty of water with you. Rain postpones.

    Join the SBNC Strava Group and help support and encourage your fellow riders! 


    • November 16, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Santa Barbara Area


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

    When
      Saturday, November 16, 2019, 9:00 AM
    Where
      Parma Park







    Parma Park, the largest undeveloped space in Santa Barbara (200 acres), is located in the foothills below Sycamore Canyon in the northeast corner of the city.  The Park includes grassy knolls, broad expanses of chaparral, canyons forested with ancient oaks and beautiful views of the Santa Ynez Mountains, the Ocean and the Channel Islands. 

    We will start at the Stanwood Drive entrance to the Park.  From there, we will walk west over a relatively flat trail through trees and over dry streams, up a hill with some elevation to the Parma Fire Road, a wide packed dirt trail, again with some elevation, to a knoll overlooking the Park.  There are wonderful, expansive mountain and ocean views along this portion of the trail. From the top, we will descend along the Fire Road, completing the 2.5 mile loop at the Park entrance.

    Our walk will include an elevation change of approximately 775 feet.  The entire walk is along dirt trails, some of them rutted by runoff and horse hooves; hiking or gym shoes are recommended.  Dogs on leash are welcome.

    No need to register.  Just show up.  We will go ahead in light rain, but the hike is canceled if there is heavy rain on the the day of or either of the two days preceding the hike. (If that happens, the trails will be impassable.) Bring water and sunblock. As usual for SHARP walks, we will plan to meet up for coffee at a local coffee shop after the walk.

    Directions: From Santa Barbara, take Sycamore Canyon Road north to Stanwood Drive.  Turn left and drive 0.7 miles on Stanwood to a sharp turn in the road where you will see the Parma Park sign.  Park on either side of Stanwood.  [From 101, go north on Olive Mill Road.  After approximately 0.5 miles, Olive Mill Road becomes Hot Springs Road; continue another 0.5 miles to East Valley Road (Route 192).  Turn left on East Valley Road, which becomes Sycamore Canyon Road.  At the next junction, stay to the right onto Stanwood Drive.  (Sycamore Canyon Road turns south at that point and becomes Route 144.)   The entrance to Parma Park will be 0.7 miles down on the right.]  NOTE:  Parma Park also has entrances on El Cielito Road and on West Mountain Drive; we will meet at the Stanwood Drive entrance.


    Questions? Contact sharp@sbnewcomers.org

    • November 20, 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Eleven14 Craft House and Kitchen, 1114 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101


    Join us for this Cheers event!


    NOVEMBER 20, 2019
     
    Eleven14 Craft House and Kitchen
    5:30 - 7:30pm

    Join the fun with our Cheers event at Viva Eleven14! 

    Join newcomer friends at Eleven14 for delicious craft drinks and shared plates. Located in the La Arcada Plaza, this festive downtown spot is also the home of Viva Taco Bar, a favorite gourmet service. Happy hour pricing guaranteed for newcomer guests!

    Parking is available at public lots 4, 5 (Chapala St.), and 6 (Anacapa St.) or on local streets.

    All newcomers are invited to welcome our newest members fresh from orientation. It’s a great way to relax and mingle with board members and committee chairs in a happy hour atmosphere.

    • November 22, 2019
    • 8:30 AM
    • Tunnel Road Trailhead

     No Hike if Raining. Bring plenty of water

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

     

    Inspiration Point from Mission Canyon – 8:30am at the Trailhead; allow a little extra time to walk up from the parking areas.   There should be enough parking within a half mile of the trailhead (see the instructions below), but carpooling is still encouraged (we will not carpool from the Mission).

    We begin at the trailhead gate (at the end of Tunnel Road).  The hike follows Mission Canyon, crosses Mission Creek, and meets the Jesusita Trail.  Jesusita travels up to Inspiration Point, elevation 1750’, that offers sweeping vistas of the Pacific.  On the way, there is the option to climb a short distance on a less maintained path up to Seven Falls, but this involves some bouldering so most of us will just stay on the trail.  Total distance: 3.7 miles.  Elevation gain: 800 feet.  Difficulty: Moderate.

    Trailhead Google Maps

    DIRECTIONS:   From the Mission, take Mission Canyon Road north towards the mountains for 0.6 miles to Foothill Road and turn right.  Drive 0.2 miles to Mission Canyon Road and turn left.  Continue 0.3 miles and bear left at the split onto Tunnel Road.  The trailhead is about 1.1 miles up Tunnel Road.

    PARKING: There are about 15 parking spots near the trailhead and they fill up, so below are some additional parking turnouts along Tunnel Road.  Arrive a little early so you get a good spot and/or have time to walk up to the trailhead.  NOTES: 1) All parking areas are on the right side as you drive UP Tunnel Road.  2) There is a turnaround area at the trailhead if you need to drive back down to a parking place. 3) Park with your tires outside of the white line--if you park on or over the line, you may get a ticket.

    Hike Leader: Mike McCourt

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    • November 22, 2019
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • The Middle Child, 18 E. Cota Street, SB

    Join us for TGIF at The Middle Child!

    The Middle Child offers a café style dining experience while delivering an elevated seasonal menu in beautiful downtown Santa Barbara. 

    Come join us for Drinks (remember to drink Responsibly!) and some Pizza, a Salad, Sandwiches or Seasonal plates they have to offer.

    Looking forward to seeing everyone!

    The Middle Child


    • November 24, 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Santa Barbara


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

    Yes, I am Riding!

    Helmets required.  Have plenty of water with you. Rain postpones.

    Join the SBNC Strava Group and help support and encourage your fellow riders! 


    • November 29, 2019
    • 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: Bo Kite

    Hope to see you there!

    • November 30, 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Santa Barbara


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

    Yes, I am Riding!

    Helmets required.  Have plenty of water with you. Rain postpones.

    Join the SBNC Strava Group and help support and encourage your fellow riders! 


    • December 06, 2019
    • 8:30 AM
    • Tunnel Road Trailhead

     No Hike if Raining. Bring plenty of water

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

    Inspiration Point from Mission Canyon – 8:30am at the Trailhead; allow a little extra time to walk up from the parking areas.   There should be enough parking within a half mile of the trailhead (see the instructions below), but carpooling is still encouraged (we will not carpool from the Mission).

    We begin at the trailhead gate (at the end of Tunnel Road).  The hike follows Mission Canyon, crosses Mission Creek, and meets the Jesusita Trail.  Jesusita travels up to Inspiration Point, elevation 1750’, that offers sweeping vistas of the Pacific.  On the way, there is the option to climb a short distance on a less maintained path up to Seven Falls, but this involves some bouldering so most of us will just stay on the trail.  Total distance: 3.7 miles.  Elevation gain: 800 feet.  Difficulty: Moderate.

    Trailhead Google Maps

    DIRECTIONS:   From the Mission, take Mission Canyon Road north towards the mountains for 0.6 miles to Foothill Road and turn right.  Drive 0.2 miles to Mission Canyon Road and turn left.  Continue 0.3 miles and bear left at the split onto Tunnel Road.  The trailhead is about 1.1 miles up Tunnel Road.

    PARKING: There are about 15 parking spots near the trailhead and they fill up, so below are some additional parking turnouts along Tunnel Road.  Arrive a little early so you get a good spot and/or have time to walk up to the trailhead.  NOTES: 1) All parking areas are on the right side as you drive UP Tunnel Road.  2) There is a turnaround area at the trailhead if you need to drive back down to a parking place. 3) Park with your tires outside of the white line--if you park on or over the line, you may get a ticket.

    Hike Leader: Chip Gierhart

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    • December 06, 2019
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Grassini, 24 El Paseo, Santa Barbara, 93101

    Join us for (new venue!)TGIF

    at Grassini Family Vineyards Tasting Room


    Inspired by Tradition

    Instead of joining the rest of the family at church on Sundays, Larry Grassini's grandfather Articondo Grassini was more religious about keeping a garden. Articondo came to the United States from Pisa, Italy in the early 1900s with his wife Afiora Tinucci. He would stay home on Sundays to make that evening’s ravioli from the green bounty of his garden, while enjoying a glass of wine (or two)…. He also kept several chickens as part of his garden. As a nod to Grandpa Articondo, industrious fowl roam our vineyard while sustainably fertilizing the vines.

    Larry's father Leo Peter Grassini—when not making ravioli on Sundays—was equally passionate about keeping a garden to grow much of the family’s food. He shared his love for the soil with his children and grandchildren, and this firmly-entrenched tradition has been lovingly passed on and extended to include a vegetable garden that has been planted at the vineyard.

    These earthy traditions have now been entrusted to the third and fourth generations. From day one, Larry's wife Sharon and daughters Katie, Corey, Mandy and Molly have been there in support of this exciting and enriching undertaking. At Grassini Family Vineyards and Winery, our extended family’s passion for beauty, the commitment to hard work and a memorable place all come together to make the wine in bottles bearing our family’s label something special. It is our hope that you will enjoy the poetry of the wine and its sense of place and tradition with your friends and family. Articondo would have been proud.


    We invite you to visit our award-winning tasting room in the Historic El Paseo center, just steps off State Street to try our wines for yourself! Our spacious tasting room features a crackling fireplace inside, and a sun-soaked outdoor patio, creating the ideal space for guests to enjoy a glass or two in Santa Barbara’s evolving Presidio Neighborhood. We offer a variety of wine tasting options as well as a full list of bottles and wines by the glass available for purchase.

    Grassini


    • December 08, 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Santa Barbara


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

    Yes, I am Riding!

    Helmets required.  Have plenty of water with you. Rain postpones.

    Join the SBNC Strava Group and help support and encourage your fellow riders! 


    • December 13, 2019
    • 8:30 AM
    • Buena Vista Trail Head

    This hike begins at the Buena Vista trailhead on Park Lane, goes to the end of the Buena Vista trail, goes west/left at a split to a little uphill connector to meet the Romero Catway, goes west downhill on the Romero Catway, goes south along the lower part of the San Ysidro trail, then goes east on the Old Pueblo trail to end near the start point on Park Lane.

    Total distance is ~2.9 miles, total elevation gain 850ft.

    This is a scenic loop, not difficult, hike with views of beautiful homes, ocean, canyons, valleys and creeks.  There are many extensions available for those wishing to make the hike longer and or harder. 

    Trailhead Google Maps

    Directions: From the 101, go north, toward the mountains, on San Ysidro to Hwy 192.  Go right on 192 for @.8mile, then take a left on Park Lane.  Go .3 miles and bear to the right to stay on Park Lane at Mountain Drive junction.  Go .6 miles further on Park Lane to the Buena Vista trailhead on the left. (Note: you will pass the Old Pueblo trailhead sign at .5mile--the hike’s end point). There is parking before and after the trailhead. 

    Hike Leader: Mike McCourt

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    • December 13, 2019
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Wine Shepherd, 30 E. Ortega, Santa Barbara


    Join us...

    TGIF at the Wine Shepherd

    30 E. Ortega, Santa Barbara


    **** Wine Shepherd will be offering Newcomers, at TGIF, a house white wine for $7 a glass and one red for $8!****


    The Wine Shepherd is a wine bar and bottle shop that specializes in rare and vintage cellar selections. 

    They source a careful selection of wine from the real winemakers of the world. You will not find McWine here. We have a large selection of small-production wines, from winegrowers and vintners who are committed to their craft. 

    Shop the  walls of our retail shop, there is something to please every palate.


    The Wine Shepherd

    • December 14, 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Santa Barbara


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

    Yes, I am Riding!

    Helmets required.  Have plenty of water with you. Rain postpones.

    Join the SBNC Strava Group and help support and encourage your fellow riders! 


    • December 18, 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Ty Lounge at Four Seasons Resort, 1260 Channel Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93108


    DECEMBER 18, 2019
    Ty Lounge at Four Seasons Resort
    5:30 - 7:30pm

    Celebrate the season with our Cheers newcomer event at the Four Seasons' Ty Lounge decorated in all its holiday splendor.

    Whether you’re visiting for the first-time or a repeat guest, the waterfront resort lounge promises to be extra special. Expect top rated local wines, classic cocktails, and tapas.

    Parking is available on the street.

    All newcomers are invited to join in holiday cheer with our newest members fresh from orientation. Relax and mingle with board members and committee chairs in this splendid happy hour atmosphere.

    Ty Lounge

    • December 20, 2019
    • 8:30 AM
    • Paradise Road

    All our hikes may be changed due to weather,  construction, etc.  Check here before you leave.

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


    Aliso Loop Trail

    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 carpool 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 views of the Santa Ynez River, the valley, and the surrounding mountains.  Distance: 4 miles. Elevation gain: 800’.
       

     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.  We will carpool over some shallow water a short distance to the trailhead.  Parking permits have been arranged for the trailhead.

    Hike Guide: Dave Ellenberger and Richard Chiles

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