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Green Drinks, Planet Money, and Bus Station Plans

Orfalea Foundations, NPR, and Greyhound’s Move to Lower State


The nonprofit Orfalea Foundations’ president Lois Mitchell and vice president Catherine Brozowski will speak at Municipal Winemakers, 22 Anacapa Street, on Tuesday, October 18, 6-8 p.m., during the monthly meeting of Green Drinks Santa Barbara. The event, which brings together a collection of businesses and nonprofits that are interested in eco-friendly and sustainable issues, is free.

Mitchell and Brozowski will discuss the role of philanthropic foundations in starting program-based initiatives. Attendees can learn more about collaboration with community partners, including business and government, and hear about the importance of diverse community partners. The foundation seeks to improve early child care, educational programs, and other community services, while actively seeking innovative and effective programs that meet its goals to assist underserved populations in the tri-counties.

For more information on the event, see loatree.com.

PLANET MONEY COMING: “Planet Money Live,” an in-person version of National Public Radio’s show about economics, will be staged on October 26, 8 p.m., at UCSB’s Campbell Hall in a presentation titled “The Economy, Explained.”

This American Life’s Alex Blumberg and NPR’s David Kestenbaum will explain the economic crisis in human terms. The show is adapted from one of NPR’s most popular podcasts and segments on This American Life. Even though the world’s economic crisis has been discussed ad nauseam, many people still don’t know how bad mortgages lead to a global economic meltdown.

Planet Money is a multimedia team that tries to explain the global economy. It produces a twice-weekly podcast, creates radio stories for Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and This American Life, and publishes a blog. The Planet Money team has won broadcast journalism awards, including a Peabody, DuPont-Columbia, and Polk honors, most recently for a documentary on the housing crisis they coproduced called The Giant Pool of Money.

Blumberg is a producer for This American Life and teaches radio journalism at Columbia University.

“Planet Money Live” will be presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures. Tickets are $20 for the general public and $10 for UCSB students. For more information, call UCSB Arts & Lectures at (805) 893-3535 or purchase online at www.ArtsAndLectures.UCSB.edu.

FUTURE OF GREYHOUND STATION? Santa Barbara city officials said last week that a retail business is expected to move into the space being vacated at the Greyhound Bus station, which is moving to a building near the Amtrak station on lower State Street. Last Tuesday, the Santa Barbara City Council approved Greyhound’s move from the location it has occupied for about seven decades at the corner of Chapala and Carrillo streets to a city-owned building it will be renting.

Mark Aguilar, city redevelopment supervisor, said Greyhound’s lease was up, and the bus company had been looking for a new location. “The property owner has not told us what they want to go into that space,” he said. “The property is zoned commercial.”

The owner of the property, which is next to the MTD bus depot, could not be reached immediately for comment.

By November 17, Greyhound will operate out of part of a building formerly leased by Open Air Bicycles for $4,000 a month. The new Greyhound depot will be 500 square feet less than the 2,000-square-foot structure is has occupied since the 1940s, city officials said.

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