Pianos on State Street Tuning Up
The annual Pianos on State program is getting ready to roll. The donated pianos will be painted Oct. 4, 5 and 6 at Blueline Paddle Sports and Wheel Fun Rentals in Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone.
The pianos will appear on State Street at various downtown locations for anyone to play from Oct. 10 through 21.
Organizer Laura Inks said the program still is seeking artists. Submissions can be uploaded at www.creativecollaborationnetwork.net.
The Senior Expo of Santa Barbara will mark its silver anniversary at Earl Warren Showgrounds from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 2.
The expo offers free flu shots donated by Cottage Health System for men and women who are 55 years of age and older. Admission is $5. More than 90 business and nonprofit exhibitors will be on hand to discuss their products and services.
“We have a diverse senior population in this community, and for 25 years now the Senior Expo has been offering new and creative ways to meet the needs of seniors, their family members and their caregivers,” said Jeanne West, one of the organizers of the expo. “We have programs for active seniors who are looking for everything from new fitness programs to financial services, or information and tips for those who need assistance getting around safely and affordably.”
The expo is sponsored by Cottage Health System, Sansum Clinic, Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care, Easy Lift Transportation and Bragg Live Foods and Senior Programs of Santa Barbara, a nonprofit organization. This has allowed event organizers to reduce the cost of admission to the event and make it more accessible to area seniors, West said.
Hearing testing and free parking also are offered. Valet parking is available for those with a blue placard. For more information, click here to visit the Senior Expo website.
Goleta Aims for Silver in Green Effort
Goleta officials said this week the city plans to become the ninth municipality in the state to qualify for “silver” status as a California Green Community.
The City of Goleta’s staff and city council prides itself in taking a leadership role in creating a green community,” Mayor Roger Aceves said. “We have incorporated many policies and believe our transportation and green building practices are probably the best in the area.”
Eight other cities have achieved this recognition to date: Ventura, Claremont, Monrovia, Riverside, Simi Valley, Santa Clarita, Culver City and Santa Monica.
Representatives from USA Green Communities, Green Seal and Southern California Edison Co., who are founding partners in California Green Communities, officially welcomed Goleta to the program at its regular council meeting.
“We created California Green Communities to show how cities are improving the quality of life for their residents through smart planning and sustainable practices,” said USA Green Communities President Hal Conklin, a former Santa Barbara councilman. “Goleta is setting an example for other cities in the region to follow.”
California Green Communities encourages cities to adopt environmentally sound practices involving energy efficiency, waste reduction, water conservation, renewable and alternative fuels, efficient transportation and other measures. Cities develop plans to identify projects and activities to reach silver, gold and platinum status in the program.
To achieve the silver level, Goleta must accomplish at least one major change in each of 10 sustainability areas. Their achievements will be evaluated by other member cities in a peer review. Once Goleta arrives at the silver level, the city will be able to move on to the gold and platinum levels, with the achievement of two and eventually three activities in each of the 10 sustainability areas, respectively.
Created four years ago, California Green Communities is an environmental recognition program that fosters ways for cities to reduce carbon emissions and energy consumption, while building sustainable communities.