NEWS & EVENTS

NEWS

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Members & Friends Survey

It's time for us to order 2020 International Calendars to sell as a fundraiser to support our group activities and Mini Grants program. To help us determine how many calendars we should order, we'd like to get a pulse from our members and friends.

CLICK HERE to take a brief moment to complete this quick 2-question online poll now to let us know whether you anticipate wanting to get none, one, or more beautiful and informative 2020 calendars. Thank you! Your input is really helpful!


UPCOMING EVENTS

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Ellwood Bluffs Walk


& Lunch Out

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2019
Walk
: Meet 10:00am @ Ellwood Mesa Beach Parking Lot, Goleta
Lunch: 12:00pm @ The Natural Cafe, 6990 Marketplace Dr. (Camino Real Shopping Center), Goleta

Join us for a wonderful morning walk followed by a no-host lunch out — or just join us for one or the other if you prefer. We’ll be happy to see you at either or both!

We’ll meet at 10:00am at the Ellwood Mesa Beach Parking Lot, then hit the trail to the bluffs. It's hard to beat the beautiful views and fresh air of the bluffs. You may even forget that you're getting in a little exercise while you're taking it all in and socializing with fellow Peace Corps friends.

Following the walk, we’ll meet up at 12:00pm at The Natural Cafe in the Camino Real Market Place where everyone can order their own lunch and rest our legs over good food and conversation.

Family and friends welcome. We hope to you can join us!


RECENT PAST EVENTS

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“Dress In Your Country’s Best”
Potluck Party

SATURDAY, AUGUST 17, 2019
4:00-6:00pm
@ A private residence in Santa Barbara

There aren't many opportunities post-Peace Corps to wear those wonderful clothes we had tailored for ourselves or got at the bazaar when we were PCVs. But this was one! (Hats off to David and Jane for sporting the best “Country’s best” in their traditional Tunisian garb! Too bad this photo didn’t capture David’s fabulous bright yellow leather shoes!)

Not only was it a fun event with a delicious potluck of international fare, we were excited to celebrate the swiftly upcoming departure of soon-to-be Peace Corps Volunteer Emma, who is headed off to Mozambique in a week to start her Peace Corps training!

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FUNDRAISER:
Moroccan & Indian Cooking Class & Dinner

SATURDAY, JULY 20, 2019
6:00-10:00pm
@ A private residence in Santa Barbara

SBPCA member Reid Melton (RPCV India) shared his culinary skills while teaching participants how to cook a number of wonderful Indian and Moroccan dishes, sharing interesting tidbits of information along the way. The evening culminated with an absolutely delicious sit-down group dinner.

After expanding our cooking skills, tantalizing our taste buds over a great meal, socializing and making new friends, everyone went home with happy bellies, new insights into Indian and Moroccan cuisine, recipes to replicate what we learned to make, and little gifts.

Our huge appreciation goes to hosts Reid and Peter, and to those who came out to support SBPCA in this incredibly delicious and fun way!

All proceeds went to benefit Santa Barbara Peace Corps Association’s mission and Mini Grants program!

Click here to view the evening’s menu

Click here for a 2004 News-Press Food Section feature article on Reid Melton and his cooking

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4th of July Parade & Lunch

THURSDAY, JULY 4, 2019
1:00pm Parade down State Street

Thanks to all of you who came out to be a part of our mighty parade group! We walked proud representing the ideals of the Peace Corps and reminding people that the Peace Corps is still active and an important and positive part of our country's global connection and legacy. And what an awesome and colorful group we were!

We even got mentioned in Noozhawk’s article about the parade!

We also want to give a big plug for the Rose Cafe on Haley Street. Owner George Guevara and his staff went above and beyond for us when our original lunch plans fell through after the parade. We called the Rose Cafe to see if they could accommodate our large group. They said unfortunately, they had just cleaned the kitchen and closed. But minutes later George used his caller ID and called us back to say if we still wanted to come, they'd re-open the kitchen and restaurant just for us — and they did! We had a great lunch with wonderful service. Rose Cafe and George Guevara for the win!

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Tapas Tuesday

TUESDAY, JUNE 4, 2019
5:00-7:00pm
@ 2 Location Options:

GOLETA:
Vicentas Mexican Restaurant
6920 Marketplace Dr.

SAN LUIS OBISPO:
7 Sisters Brewing Company
181 Tank Farm Rd., Suite 110

What fun gatherings! Since our members and our “Peace Corps curious” friends are spread out through our local geographic region, we held two concurrent gatherings for our June event — one in Goleta, and one in San Luis Obispo — so people could choose whichever location was more convenient for them.

Thanks to all who met up with us!

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Peace Corps Send-Off
& Speakers Panel

THURSDAY, MAY 16, 2019
5:30-8:00pm
@ Direct Relief
6100 Wallace Becknell Rd, Goleta

Casual light dinner & refreshments included

Attendees helped us recognize and celebrate the upcoming departure of 8 local soon-to-be Peace Corps Volunteers, while also learning about what it’s like to be a Peace Corps Volunteer, and how to apply to become one.

Our panel of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers included Ryan Buckley (Morocco 2012-2014), Marisa Hanson-Lopez (Tanzania 2005-2007), Sarah Robinson (Nicaragua 2011-2014), and Danny Tsai (Jordan 2012-2014). They shared their experiences on topics such as their living situations, daily lives, work projects, dealing with cultural differences, health, safety, and more.

Other local Returned Peace Corps Volunteers and the Regional Peace Corps Recruiter were also present for attendees to talk with following the panel, while mingling over food and cake.

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Peace Corps Booth @ Earth Day Festival

SATURDAY, APRIL 27, 2019
and SUNDAY, APRIL 28, 2019
11:00am-6:00pm
@ Alameda Park, Santa Barbara

Several local Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) came out and volunteered at our booth throughout the weekend, answering questions about the Peace Corps and Peace Corps Response, Sharing their Peace Corps experiences, encouraging interested individuals to consider applying, and letting people know about our Local Peace Corps Association.

We had great foot traffic, a lot of interest, and we even connected with six local RPCVs who didn’t already know about our group!

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Happy Hour

MONDAY, MARCH 25, 2019
5:00-7:00pm
@ Finney’s Crafthouse & Kitchen
35-A State St, Santa Barbara
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@ Bang the Drum Brewery
950 Orcutt Rd, San Luis Obispo

Since our members and other area-RPCVs are spread out through our local geographic region, we held concurrent gatherings this month. We got happy in Santa Barbara (at Finney’s Crafthouse & Kitchen) AND in San Luis Obispo (at Bang the Drum Brewery) at the same time.

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Annual Meeting

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2019
10:30am-12:00pm
@ A private residence in Santa Barbara

As we do every year, we called our members together for a potluck brunch and review of our past year, a look ahead at the upcoming year, to say thanks to this last year’s board, and to elect our President and board members for the coming year.

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New Year’s Coffee

SATURDAY, JANUARY 12, 2019
10:00am-12:00pm
@ Goleta Coffee Co.
177 S. Turnpike Rd, Santa Barbara

As has become our annual tradition, we kicked off the year by getting together for coffee and conversation.

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Holiday Party & White Elephant Gift Exchange

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2018
5:00-8:00pm
@ A private residence in Goleta

We celebrated the holidays with a potluck spread and our well-loved and never-predictable white elephant gift exchange.

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Bringing It Home: Mali

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2018
2:00-3:30pm
@ Karpeles Manuscript Library,
21 W. Anapamu St, Santa Barbara

Returned Peace Corps Volunteer & SBPCA board member Geoff Leech gave a presentation on his experience serving in the Peace Corps in Mali, followed by a lively Q&A, as part of our “Bringing It Home” speakers series.