Citizen’s Alert

Thu., Dec. 14 Brazil Discussion: Lecture and slideshow on the agriculture of the Brazilian drylands presented by permaculture teacher Marsha Hanzi. 7-9pm. Santa Barbara City College, East Campus, Room A-162. Suggested donation of $5. Call 962-2571 for more.

Fri., Dec. 15 Holiday Party: The Pacific Pride Foundation hosts its annual holiday party. Bring a holiday dessert to share. 6-9pm. Trinity Episcopal Church, 1500 State St. Call 963-3636, x 101 for more.

Sun., Dec. 17 Kid’s Health Day: Event provides services to disabled children, including free eye exams and glasses; diabetes screening; free medical insurance sign-up; nutritional advice and a free, nutritious lunch; and a showcase for neighborhood clinics, among other things. 9am-3pm. The event will be held on Quinientos St., next to the Santa Barbara Eyeglass Factory; the street will be closed to traffic. Call Rick at 705-3398 for more.

Tue., Dec. 19 Environment Benefit: Twenty percent of all sales at the Organic Loft clothing store will be donated to the Environmental Defense Center. 6-9pm. 32½ E. Micheltorena St. Call 963-1622, x 103 for more.

Ongoing: Nonprofit Counseling: The Family Therapy Institute offers low-cost counseling for families, couples, and individuals who can’t pay full fees and do not have insurance to cover the expense. 23 W. Mission St. Cost is $30-$60 per hour. Call 569-2272 x 115.

Donations: Forty-year Santa Barbara resident Dorothy Robinson was burned in an apartment fire on Dec. 3. Robinson — a longtime fixture of the Solstice Parade and member of the Greater Hope Baptist Church — has been transferred to USC Medical Center for surgery. Family members are asking the community to keep her in their prayers and are accepting donations to help defray medical costs. Donations can be sent to the Dorothy Robinson Fund at any branch of Santa Barbara Bank & Trust.

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