Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Monday, January 27, 2014

Water Harvesting Workshop & Sustainability Classes

With the State of California recently declaring a drought emergency, water resource management is a high priority. The SBCC Center for Lifelong Learning (CLL) invites the community to attend a Water Harvesting Workshop on Jan. 30, Feb. 1 and Feb. 8. The workshop will provide attendees with hands-on experience with water harvesting systems and drought tolerant landscaping.
CLL classes are well known for enriching the lives or our students. We also get to help community members make a difference by exploring solutions to major environmental, socal and political issues. —Andy Harper, Executive Director, SBCC CLL
Join CLL for this workshop and our other special Winter Term workshops and events, focused on local AND global sustainability. CLL classes are making a difference! These workshops fill fast, register today!

CLL in the news!
Did you catch CLL's Water Harvesting Workshop on KEYT News Channel 3's evening newscast? 

Jan. 30, Feb. 1 & 8 (3-session workshop)
Water Harvesting Workshop

Presenter Jeffrey Adams will explore the potentials for water harvesting on personal properties or as an addition to professional services or community programming. Participants will learn techniques to migrate storm water runoff issues and decrease the need for using drinking water for outdoor irrigations. Rain gardens, rain tanks and grey water are among the water harvesting techniques discussed. Participants will also determine how much water they can potentially harvest and the appropriate system as well as the requirements to apply through the Santa Barbara Water Harvesting Program.
This special 3-part program is part of CLL’s first full season of CLL Presents, a new lecture and special event series, inviting the community to engage with dynamic experts around today’s major issues.

Date:           3-part series: Thursday, Jan. 30 (2 – 5 p.m.), Saturday, Feb. 1 and Feb. 8
                    (9 a.m. – 3 p.m.)
Location:    SBCC Schott Campus, 310 West Padre St. Santa Barbara, CA 93105
Tuition:       $15
Details:       The two Saturday sessions include actual projects at the Schott Campus
Contact:      infoCLL@sbcc.edu

Please register HERE.
Course #: 601077

Feb. 22
Design Like a Pro Workshop: Demystifying Sustainable Garden

Many garden encyclopedias boast 'thousands of plant listings!' But who has room in their garden for all of them? Like everyone, gardeners want to get the most from the money they spend. Be inspired by this power-packed half-day workshop which is taught by award-winning landscape architect, Billy Goodnick. Learn the fundamentals of smart garden design so that you can purchase with purpose and bring home the best plants for your garden. Explore your own ideal style, and discover how to create year-round beauty, protect the environment and save money by selecting winning plants.

Date:           Saturday, Feb. 22 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Location:    SBCC Schott Campus, 310 West Padre St. Santa Barbara, CA 93105
Tuition:       $20
Contact:      infoCLL@sbcc.edu

Please register HERE.
Course #: 601073

Feb. 28
CLL Presents— Mind and Supermind: The Melting Polar Ice: Remembering our Broken Bond with Nature

The melting polar ice is a symptom of the split between mind and nature that lies at the origins of our scientific-technological world-view. Extending his earlier historical studies of the origins of modern science, the images, music and words of the DVD, special guest lecturer Robert Romanyshyn, Ph.D. made of his journey to the Antarctic show how that landscape of stillness and deep silence in the outer world is also a matter of the feeling heart that becomes responsive to the spiritual depths of nature. It is an inner journey in the outer world that re-situates us within the mind of nature.

Date:           Friday, Feb.28 from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Location:    SBCC Schott Campus, 310 West Padre St. Santa Barbara, CA 93105
Tuition:       $5 (Partially covered through private donations)
Contact:      infoCLL@sbcc.edu

Please register HERE.
Course #: 202197

March 8
Sustainable Garden Design Walkabout

This walkabout builds on the Sustainable Garden Design Workshop and includes an initial 'refresher' of sustainable garden design principles. Alice Keck Memorial Garden is a living, 3-dimensional gallery demonstrating the application of basic design principles. Learn to see garden design as more than a collection of colorful flowers and gain a better understanding of the multiple roles plants can play in the landscape. Gain an appreciation for how form, foliage, density, and visual texture are the building blocks of year-round beauty and interest. Discover how proper plant selections and spacing result in a low-maintenance, environmentally superior landscape.

Date:           Saturday, March 8 from 9 a.m.  – 12:30 p.m.
Location:    SBCC Schott Campus, 310 West Padre St. Santa Barbara, CA 93105
Tuition:       $20
Contact:      infoCLL@sbcc.edu

Please register HERE.
Course #:  601076

The SBCC Center for Lifelong Learning winter term continues through March 22! We offer many daytime, evening and Saturday classes, including one-day workshops starting and ending throughout the term. For more information visit www.sbcc.edu/CLL

Sunday, January 19, 2014

CLL in the News: EdHat Santa Barbara

Posted on EdHat Santa Barbara on Jan 19, 2014

Ashleigh Brilliant Education Class Presentation
By Mark McDonald

Ashleigh Brilliant with support volunteer Judi Shor, Betty Hatch, founder
of SB Council for Self-Esteem, and Willa Young, instructor 
for Self-Esteem: Seek It and Keep It. 
Local epigram writer Ashleigh Brilliant took "Pot Shots" at "Living with Insanity" during his presentation Friday for the Adult Education class, "Self- Esteem: Seek It and Keep It" co-sponsored by the SBCC Center for Life Long Learning and the SB Council for Self-Esteem.

His "Pot Shots" are clever, cunning and sometimes cutting, 17-words- or-less epigrams of philosophical insight which he has been publishing since 1967 starting with: "Wait, come back, there's a part of my face you haven't stepped on yet." He has a PhD. in history, received a National Endowment for the Arts grant, and the Wall Street Journal described him as "History's only full time, professional published epigrammatist."

During the presentation of his life stories, he projected a number of "Pot Shots" illustrations and gave examples of insanity he has observed in the world. He said one of the standard tests for insanity--hearing voices in your head-was applied when "Joan of Arc had done that, then went out and conquered the enemy, and France burned her at the stake for being a witch. Now she is honored as a saint. Where's the sanity in that?"

In one example, he told the audience of 100 attendees, "You can't have insane people running a war or fighting one," and mentioned the movie "Catch 22" where the Air Force pilot attempts to refuse flying a mission because he feels it would be insane. Eventually, he is judged to be sane, because only an insane person would want to fly an insane mission.
He related a personal experience about being judged sane or insane, after a pedestrian-vs-car accident where he was the pedestrian and suffered a broken leg and head injury. He said in recovery he was questioned by medical personnel to see if he was in his right mind. They asked if he knew his name, where he lived, and similar questions. He said, "You can answer all those questions, but can still be a lunatic!"

Born in 1933, Brilliant celebrated his 80th birthday at Franchesci Park last month with an open invitation to the community where he gave everyone a signed epigram card. A long-time resident of Santa Barbara, he has twice run for City Council (he didn't win.) In a personal campaign, he successfully thwarted noisy leaf-blowers within city limits when his got them banned.

He is happy having made his career writing epigrams about the crazy life (he has written over 10,000 of them) and says he wants to one day be elected Santa Barbara Poet Laureate.

His take-away thought was: "What counts is what you think of yourself, not the opinion of others."

Ashleigh Brilliant with support volunteer Judi Shor, Betty Hatch, founder of SB Council for Self-Esteem, and Willa Young, instructor Self-Esteem: Seek It and Keep It.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Three Questions With Author and Syndicated Columnist Ashleigh Brilliant

Ashleigh Brilliant: Special Guest for First Event of Winter 2014 “CLL Presents” Series

On Friday, January 17th at 12 noon, CLL invites the community to experience Author and “Pot-Shots” Syndicated Cartoonist Ashleigh Brilliant at the SBCC Schott Campus Auditorium. 

London-born Ashleigh Brilliant, now residing in Santa Barbara, inspires and motivates others to create positive change in their lives through sharing of life experiences, and encouraging the development of nurturing self-esteem. Brilliant has been praised by the Wall Street Journal and is the creator of the popular “Pot-Shots” syndicated cartoon series.

Brilliant’s presentation, “Living With Insanity,” is the winter term presentation for the very popular “Self-Esteem: Seek It and Keep It” class. 

1. What does the title mean?
I wanted to get people intrigued and curious. It’s about exactly what the title is about!

2. Where to you get your Inspiration?

Everywhere! I get inspiration from the people I meet and who are around me, and they things that happen around me. I’ve got more inspiration than I know what to do with (this with his great chuckle).

3. Any new projects?
Yes, I am working on putting my work into an e-Book or series of e-Books to make my work more accessible.

About Ashleigh Brilliant
After earning his Ph.D. in history at University of California at Berkeley, Ashleigh Brilliant taught at a community college in Bend, Oregon. He later found his way to San Francisco, where during the “Summer of Love” he gave lectures and recorded clever melodies about his and others personal experiences during that time. The Wall Street Journal described him as “History’s only full time professional published epigramist.” An example is “By the miracle of teaching, I can give some of my ability, without losing any of it myself.” Come hear about his life and experiences.

This event is presented in collaboration with the Santa Barbara Council for Self Esteem.

To ensure a seat, attendees are advised to register in advance. The SBCC CLL website is www.sbcc.edu/cll. The link to the registration page for this class is here.

About The Santa Barbara Council for Self-Esteem
The Santa Barbara Council for Self-Esteem is a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to inspire and motivate others to create positive change in their lives. Guest speakers share life experiences, encouraging the development of nurturing self-esteem. Students assess self-esteem in their lives and learn strategies to improve and maintain a healthy sense of self-worth.

About the SBCC Center for Lifelong Learning (CLL)
The SBCC Center for Lifelong Learning mission is to be responsive to the diverse lifelong learning needs of adult members of the Santa Barbara Community. The SBCC Center for Lifelong Learning supports the overall Santa Barbara community through expanded knowledge of the arts, promotion of healthy living styles, and pursuit of intellectual studies. CLL aims to be the social, cultural and educational hub for the Santa Barbara community, continuing a nearly 60 year tradition of excellence. CLL is online at www.sbcc.edu/CLL, and on Facebook (sbccCLL) and Twitter (@sbccCLL).