Tag archives: Child Abuse Listening Meditation

A Time-Tested Treasure
By Lynda Millner   |   January 11, 2022

The Lobero Associates, led by President Mindy Denson, held their annual Christmas Tea during holiday time, but instead of the usual Biltmore it was at an unusual place – the stage of the Lobero Theatre. The theatre looked stunning with giant snowflakes projected over the auditorium walls. The grand piano, which was a gift from […]

CALM Before the Fundraising Storm
By Richard Mineards   |   November 16, 2021

Santa Barbara nonprofit CALM, which is celebrating its half-century, hosted its 10th Annual Calm at Heart Lunch Transforming Communities at Los Suenos, the Montecito estate of corporate attorney Robert Lieff and his wife, Susan, which raised around $300,000 from 260 guests. Fortunately, the sea mist cleared for blue skies and sunshine for the boffo bash, […]

CALM is for Kids
By Steven Libowitz   |   March 11, 2021

April is national Child Abuse Prevention Month, so naturally our very own Child Abuse Listening Mediation has some special activities planned. CALM is half-a-century old and the only nonprofit in Santa Barbara County that specializes in the prevention and treatment of childhood trauma. This organization, just like every other nonprofit, has had to forgo its […]

Crab Fest for Calm
By Lynda Millner   |   January 30, 2020

CALM (Child Abuse Listening Mediation) held its inaugural event, a Crab Fest, at the Carriage & Western Art Museum. Everyone “got crackin’” dressed in casual western attire and ready to attack those crabs. After wine time the sold-out crowd set down to tables covered with brown paper and bibs and a cracking tool. The crabs […]

Stepping Out
By Richard Mineards   |   November 14, 2019

Records were broken when CALM – Child Abuse Listening Mediation – welcomed 330 guests to its annual Stepping Stones lunch at the Coral Casino raising a hefty $230,000, $80,000 more than expected. Speakers for the non-profit, which is just turning 50, were president and chief executive Alana Walczak and Dr. Andria Ruth, a graduate of […]

Celebrity Authors Luncheon
By Lynda Millner   |   April 4, 2019

In 1970, my friend Susan Gulbranson’s mom, Clair Miles, who was a nurse and doctor’s wife, learned of a young father under extreme stress who killed his eight-week-old son. She put a special telephone in her home and instructed her young children to never answer if it rang. Thus was born Child Abuse Listening Mediation […]

Talking with the Prose
By Richard Mineards   |   March 21, 2019

The literati and the glitterati were out in force when the CALM – Child Abuse Listening Mediation – Auxiliary hosted its 33rd annual celebrity authors lunch at the Hilton. More than 450 guests attended the fancy fête, chaired for the eighth and final year by dynamic duo Carolyn Gillio and Becky Cohn, which raised around […]

Brossé & Mozart: Great Minds Sync Alike
By Steven Libowitz   |   March 14, 2019

Four years and at least seven of his own scores ago, the distinguished conductor-composer Dirk Brossé made his debut with the Santa Barbara Symphony with the Granada’s first live-to-screening synchronized musical performance since the installation of the theater’s state-of-the-art rear-projection film system. Brossé and the members of the orchestra who often also frequently freelance on […]

Clawesome Debut
By Richard Mineards   |   January 23, 2019

The CALM – Child Abuse Listening Mediation – Auxiliary’s first-ever Crab Fest at the Carriage and Western Art Museum was all it was cracked up to be with a sellout crowd of 200 guests raising more than $20,000 for general funds. The fun Harbor Restaurant-sponsored bash, co-chaired by Sharon Curry and Jane Metiu, was emceed […]

Calm at Heart
By Lynda Millner   |   December 6, 2018

“The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.” – Coretta Scott King Child Abuse Listening Mediation (CALM) is partnering to build resilient communities throughout Santa Barbara County. For their 7th annual luncheon, the theme was “CALM at Heart: Building Community.” As CEO Alana Walczak said, “We begin […]

By Richard Mineards   |   November 15, 2018

It couldn’t have been a more perfect day when the popular charity, CALM – Child Abuse Listening Mediation – hosted its 7th annual CALM at Heart lunch “Building Community” at the Coral Casino. More than 210 guests helped raise around $100,000 for the nonprofit, founded in 1969, with the ubiquitous Geoff Green emceeing the fun […]

Celebrity Authors Luncheon
By Lynda Millner   |   May 3, 2018

The CALM (Child Abuse Listening Mediation) Auxiliary invited everyone to celebrate the 32nd annual Authors Luncheon at the Double Tree Resort by Hilton, formerly The Fess Parker. I was at the first one and all the rest, but it has grown even stronger through the years with about 500 ladies and gents attending. Master of […]

On the Money
By Richard Mineards   |   April 26, 2018

Storyteller Children’s Center, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary, hosted its fourth annual Lunchbox Luncheon at the Rockwood Women’s Club, raising more than $80,000 for the nonprofit that helps the city’s homeless and at-risk youngsters and preschoolers achieve kindergarten readiness. More than 47 percent of the children, aged 18 months to 5 years old, live […]

Holiday Tea
By Lynda Millner   |   January 4, 2018

Deck the Halls! It was time for the Lobero Theatre Associates’s annual Holiday Tea at The Four Seasons Biltmore. I saw more sparkling wine than tea, but never mind. It’s the season to sparkle. And no one makes better tea sandwiches than the Biltmore, especially the lobster ones. Fredrik Rosvall was at the piano, as […]

Fostering Love
By Lynda Millner   |   November 16, 2017

“Love begins at home and it is not how much we do, but how much love we put into that action.” – Mother Teresa CALM (Child Abuse Listening Mediation) knows all about that. They are there for abused children. Today was their sixth Fostering Love event. That is in addition to the CALM Authors luncheon […]