Sheri Horiszny

Community News

Zoo Volunteers, Barbara Ireland Fundraiser, and Animal Museum

ZOO OPPORTUNITIES: Each winter, the S.B. Zoo holds an expo to find folks who are interested in working and/or volunteering during the spring and summer at the seaside animal establishment. There is a whole host of things available for adults and teens, including climbing-wall monitors, event hosts, train engineers, educators for zoo camp, show performers, docents, and keeper aides. The event takes place Sunday, February 8, 3-5 p.m. For more information or to download a job application, contact Corinne Santini at 962-5339 x108, email, or visit

BARBARA IRELAND WALK/RUN PARTY: Now in its fourth year, this annual event raises funds for breast cancer. While the run/walk doesn’t take place until March 14, the organizers are having a kick-off party for the public Wednesday, February 18, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at Dargan’s Irish Pub (18 E. Ortega St.). The soiree includes appetizers, a raffle, silent auction, and live music. Funds from the night help allay costs for Sansum Cancer Center’s breast cancer research and programs. Tickets are $15 (advance) and $20 (door) and can be purchased at

ANIMALS AND SOCIETY: This fall, there will be a new occupant on Los Angeles’ Museum Row. The National Museum of Animals & Society (NMAS) is looking to move to a larger space near LACMA and the Tar Pits but needs a bit more funding to make that happen. Conceived by Santa Barbaran Carolyn Merino Mullin, the NMAS was founded in 2010 to bring awareness of humans’ and animals’ shared experiences on the planet. To that end, the museum features exhibitions, educational programming, animal studies, the history of animal protection, and the importance of humane education. Previous exhibits included My Dog Is My Home: The Experience of Human-Animal Homelessness and DOG CAT MOUSE, which featured art from Santa Barbarans Erika Carter, Virginia McCracken, and Heather Mattoon. NMAS needs to raise $20,000 more to meet its $100,000 goal. For more information and to make a donation, visit or

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