At Taste of the Central Coast, visitors take a culinary tour of nearly 30 area restaurants and wineries while grooving to live music and participating in auctions to benefit an important local organization. Guests can present chompers with unfamiliar sensations from eateries such as Full of Life Flatbread and New West Catering while sipping spirited libations from wineries located in the Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara, and Santa Maria. Like pranksters who replace a bowl game's football supply with honey-filled beehives, local pastry chefs make the event sweeter, contributing decadent cupcakes to the gustatory parade. Live and silent auctions give guests a shot at such coveted items as cases of wine, weekend getaways, and spelunking lessons on the moon. The Family Care Network will use proceeds from the event to fund its efforts to provide foster-care services and assistance to high-needs children and families.
If you're looking for a deep connection with nature, you could strap on hiking boots and head for the hills. Alternatively, you could head to Wildling Museum to catch glimpses of the wilderness as seen through the eyes of artists. Since opening in 2000, the museum has hosted more than 40 exhibitions such as the Santa Ynez River Watershed or Irish artist Patrick O?Hara?s Art of California Native Plants. Now located in modern, spacious quarters in Solvang, the museum also hosts workshops, lectures, and family events.
Dedicated to finding a cure for muscular dystrophy and related diseases—such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease—the Muscular Dystrophy Association spends 76% of its proceeds directly on research programs or health and support services, advocacy, and education. By supporting more research on neuromuscular diseases than any other private-sector organization, the agency has helped uncover the genetic defects responsible for diseases that affect both adults and children worldwide.
Aikido Kenkyukai Santa Barbara is a 501(c)(3) California nonprofit public benefit corporation. AKSB is dedicated to encouraging the practice of the Japanese non-violent martial art of aikido and promoting aikido as a positive and effective vehicle for self improvement and spiritual growth, physical fitness and self defense.
Sandi Ravis backs up her services with more than two decades of experience, not to mention education from the University of Kansas, Cameo College, and The Santa Monica School of Massage Therapy. She has spent over 20 years in health care management, as well as more than 10 years in active massage practice. Sandi is also a Reiki master and a licensed master esthetician.
Keri Bowers is an autism advocate. She’s a speaker, author, filmmaker, mother, and the founder of Pause4Kids. Normal People Scare Me—her 2006 film made in conjunction with her son, an aspiring filmmaker with autism—interviewed 65 people with autism, exploring seldom-asked questions such as “Do you like being autistic?” and “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Through her films, Keri has spread awareness about autism-spectrum disorders and other disabilities, but her work gets far more hands-on as well.
Pause4Kids aims to improve the quality of special education, empowers parents to support their children, and advocates for children’s legal and civil rights. Following a whole-child philosophy, the organization’s volunteers believe that special education should cover a variety of disciplines, including the academic, social-communication, emotional, and recreation realms to enable youth with disabilities to thrive among their peers. Staff members also sponsor a monthly advocacy group and regular recreational activities, such as Art-A-Thons and Abilities Awareness events.
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