S.B. Scene

S.B. Scene

S.B. Scene Green Thumbs Tuesday, April 29, 2014 by CAITLIN FITCH Justin Cutter Justin Cutter picks kale sprouts at the Earth Day Festival in his mobile educational gardening truck, which is part of a program called Compass Green Project. Cutter has converted a typical work truck into a mobile greenhouse, complete with a compost pile and prolific garden, which is driven all over the West Coast to educate at-risk youth and elementary-aged kids about sustainability. In Santa Barbara, Compass Green has teamed up with Urban Garden Community to work with area children. “This is a great way to engage people who wouldn’t actually give a hoot about sustainability otherwise,” said Cutter. Dave Hunsaker “I had a conventional lawn and landscaping business in Austin, Texas, for 15 years before moving to Santa Barbara. I took the Green Gardener class and learned different techniques. I had a complete paradigm shift,” said Dave Hunsaker, owner of Dave’s Organic Gardening. Hunsaker utilizes organic, permaculture, and other sustainable techniques to install edible gardens as well as traditional yard maintenance. “Sometimes it feels like I enjoy people’s lawns more than they do! People actually pay me to be outside in their gardens, and I love it,” he said. Read the full story...
SB Hosts Earth Day Festivities

SB Hosts Earth Day Festivities

Posted by Tiana Miller-Leonard on April 28, 2014 at 5:00 am AlamedaPark was filled with music, booths and activities to publicize environmental issues Downtown Santa Barbara hosted the annual Earth Day festival this past weekend, featuring a number of environmental groups, organic food and drink, a green car show and local music talent. The local Earth Day festival, founded in 1970, was first inspired by a devastating oil spill that hit the Santa Barbara coastline the previous year and was accompanied by the creation of the Community Environmental Council, which hosts the annual festival. The event included various booths and activities educating the public on environmental issues such as global warming, celebrating Earth and nature. Representatives from the Gaucho Certified Farmers Market set up a booth at the festival to advertise the weekly market and encourage festivalgoers to eat locally produced food. Fourth-year UCSB environmental studies major Tiffany Huynh said farmers markets are superior to supermarkets for a variety of reasons, such as their support for increasing biodiversity and reducing overall pollution. “It helps keep genetic diversity… and [you] know where your food is coming from and you know that it’s not genetically modified,” Huynh said. “You also reduce greenhouse gas emissions because of all the traffic involved in transporting produce.” Celebrating Earth Day reminds people of their caretaker roles in the global biosphere, according to Huynh. “It kind of provides people with a sense of ‘We are a part of the Earth,’” Huynh said. “There’s no other place like this, and if we don’t care for it, we’re kind of losing out.” Another group present at the festival, Heal the...
PR Newswire distribution: FollowUp.cc Helps Business Reclaim the Inbox in the Age of Email Overload

PR Newswire distribution: FollowUp.cc Helps Business Reclaim the Inbox in the Age of Email Overload

FollowUp Team transforms emails into CRM and productivity tools for entrepreneurs and SMBs SANTA BARBARA, Calif., April 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ –In business today, sales teams and executives are doing daily battle with their own inboxes. Early adopters ofFollowUp are recovering lost time and opportunities with a simple ‘send’ that turns email messages into action items and lead management tools. FollowUp.cc is responding to the needs of growing businesses with today’s release of FollowUp Team, the new enterprise version of its flagship FollowUp email reminder service. With professionals worldwide already using over 50,000 email reminders each week, FollowUp.cc is creating its own sweet spot in the competitive CRM landscape. “In business, important tasks often get lost in a backlog of emails unless they are scheduled or organized outside of your email account,” said Suzanne Cohen, General Manager of FollowUp.cc. “With FollowUp you can turn emails into future actions on your own terms – in an hour, next week or a year out – right from your email on any device.” FollowUp turns the simple action of sending or forwarding an email into a powerful lead management solution, when used alone, or with FollowUp’s integrations with popular online calendars or with Salesforce for Enterprise or Ultimate Users. Even employees of larger companies that use the leading CRM systems for tracking leads are signing up for FollowUp. With so many actions coming in by email, many systems are too complex when a simple reminder will do. “FollowUp Team is designed for entrepreneurs, growing businesses and other large groups who want a high value, low investment approach for their teams to stay organized and prevent the loss of time...
Hospice of Santa Barbara Celebrates National Poetry Month, Facilitates Writing for Healing Group

Hospice of Santa Barbara Celebrates National Poetry Month, Facilitates Writing for Healing Group

By Kelly Kapaun for Hospice of Santa Barbara | Published on 04.28.2014 1:03 p.m. National Poetry Month is held every April, when people throughout the United States band together to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture. Thousands of organizations, including Hospice of Santa Barbara, participate through readings, festivals, book displays, workshops and other events. Since 2002, Perie Longo, Ph.D., MFT and registered poetry therapist, has been facilitating a weekly Writing for Healing Group at Hospice of Santa Barbara. She began this group as a way to return the tremendous help Hospice of Santa Barbara gave her during her husband’s illness and death. Participants need not have any previous writing experience. Poetry of published authors is a catalyst for processing grief after loss of a loved one and serves as inspiration for one’s own writing. Longo is poet laureate emerita of Santa Barbara (2007-09), past president of the National Association for Poetry Therapy (2005-07) and chair of the Poetry Committee for the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, and has been featured in the Huffington Post and was a guest on the Charles Osgood radio show to speak about poetry for healing. Grieving through poetry is a healthy way to deal with the loss of someone special. When a loved one dies, there is a vast range of emotions that plague us. Some of these include sorrow, anger, fear, listlessness, disappointment and regret. As we deal with our heavy emotions, we need an outlet. Mental health professionals agree that releasing our grief is necessary. Some of the ways people can benefit from poetry include: » Healing, which comes from the poignant...

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