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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Originally published 11:37 a.m., May 12, 2014 Updated 11:37 a.m., May 12, 2014

The Third Annual Block Party and Caring and Sharing Event Returns to the Calle Real Center in Goleta!

Mark your calendars for May 31, 2014. From 12-3 in the afternoon the Calle Real Shopping Center, located on Calle Real between Patterson and Fairview Avenues, will be transformed into a neighborhood Block Party and “non-profit” showcase.


Mark your calendars for May 31, 2014. From 12-3 in the afternoon the Calle Real Shopping Center, located on Calle Real between Patterson and Fairview Avenues, will be transformed into a neighborhood Block Party and “non-profit” showcase.

Fun, Fun, Fun, is the order of the day with bounce houses, face painters, balloon animals, a wandering musician, Snow White princess, musical groups and more. Kids can meet our first responders and see a county fire truck, AMR Ambulance and Sheriffs cruiser. Participating restaurants will offer food samples. Animal rescue and adoption groups will be ready to show off the cutest dogs and cats to potential new homes. The Artisans Market will be in full swing with local artisans offering homemade goodies (including allergy free and gluten free items) and local produce along with beautiful handmade jewelry.

At the same time all that fun is going on, the merchants in the center will be sharing their storefronts with a wide variety of non-profits, allowing them a venue to show the public just what it is that makes these non-profit organizations so valuable to our community. Both the Goleta and Santa Barbara Chambers of Commerce will also have tables and will be supporting the event.

A big thanks to the media sponsors, Rincon Broadcasting – K~lite, Noozhawk, Santa Barbara Independent, Santa Barbara Sentinel, ParentClick and Santa Barbara Big City Buzz. Support is also provided by Sidekick Creative, the UPS Store and FedEx Office and the many fine merchants of the Calle Real Center.

Last year 50 Merchants participated and hundreds of parents and kids came by to enjoy the festivities, say hello to their favorite non-profit and learn more about our community and the people and groups that make it such a special place. Help to make this Third Annual Caring and Sharing event an even bigger success by coming out to the Calle Real Center between 12-3pm on Saturday May 31, 2014

Some of the non-profits already signed up to participate are: Unite-to-Light; American Heart Association; Devereux; SB Genealogical Society; Girls Inc.; Sansum Diabetes Research Institute; Tri County Arthritis Foundation; Boys and Girls Club; Rental Housing Mediation Task Force; Santa Barbara YMCA; New Directions Travel; Rape Crisis Center; Parkinson’s Association; IV YMCA; Toastmasters International of Santa Barbara; Humane Society; Central Coast Type One Diabetes Foundation; sbSNAP; Down Syndrome Association; Friendship Center; Villa Majella; United Way; Isla Vista Youth Project; K-9 Pals, ASAP; St. Vincent’s; FoodBank of SB; St. Athanasius; County Air Pollution Control District; SEE International; Domestic Violence Solutions; Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara;

Family Services Agency; SB Wildlife Care Network; Friends of Goleta Beach; Goleta Library; Goleta Valley Chamber of Commerce; Goleta Valley Historical Society; Partners in Education; Leukemia & Lymphoma Society; SBCC New Center for Lifelong Learning; Food From the Heart; Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics; Santa Barbara Youth Music Academy; Nourish the Children; Anger Management Systems; Alzheimers Association, Domestic Violence Solutions; Jodi House; Goleta Valley Community Center; Friends of the Library, Santa Barbara Chamber of Commerce.

Presented by the Calle Real Merchant’s Association. For more information contact: Glenn Avolio, glennavolio@gmail.com 886-5438

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