Tag archives: Friendship Center

The Friendship Center’s 10th Annual Wine Down
By Joanne Calitri   |   September 27, 2022

The Friendship Center Montecito held its annual wine event on Thursday, September 8 at the center’s outdoor patio area. Guests were greeted with an option to wear a mask made available at the reception desk. Ready with big smiles at the wine glass pickup area were Event Chair Kathy Marden and Co-Chair and Board Vice […]

Pinning Ceremony Brings Together Veterans and the Community
By Montecito Journal   |   April 19, 2022

The Friendship Center and VNA Health recently co-hosted a Veteran Pinning Ceremony this past week honoring 14 veterans at the Friendship Center in Montecito. This is a rare and special treat because typically pinning ceremonies are scheduled for one veteran privately. VNA Health has made a special exception to “Come to Seniors” at the Friendship […]

You’ve Got a Friend in Me: Friendship Center Finds a Way to Stay Connected
By Steven Libowitz   |   June 3, 2021

The Friendship Center serves an often overlooked, but much-needed niche for the aging adult community — providing a daytime home away from home where the dependent seniors can take advantage of companionship and engaging activities. They also receive necessary supervision while their family caregivers receive respite and a much-needed break from the demands of caregiving […]

Friendship Center
By Lynda Millner   |   May 6, 2021

Friendship Center has been there for its seniors and their families for many years. There are two facilities, one in Montecito across the street from the Episcopal church (All Saints-by-the-Sea) and another in Goleta. They provide day care for elder and dependent adults. Before the pandemic, their centers were a home away from home. Members […]

Dear Montecito: Hope Saxon
By Stella Haffner   |   February 11, 2021

It’s natural for students who move away from home to feel nostalgic about the place they left. I am reminded of this every week, reading letters about people’s experiences growing up in Montecito. Some speak to my own memories more than others. The letters about surfing and hiking… well, let’s just say I look like […]

Festival of Hearts Goes Virtual
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   February 4, 2021

For the last 22 years, Montecito’s Friendship Center has hosted a fun-filled pre-Valentine’s event to raise funds for the Center’s HEART (Help Elders At Risk Today) Program, subsidizing the cost of adult day services for low-income aging and dependent adults and their families. This year, thanks to the pandemic, the event is going virtual, and […]

Friendship Center Hosts Drive-By Luau for Local Senior Citizens
By Nick Schou   |   September 3, 2020

Ever since March, Montecito’s Friendship Center has been delivering monthly care packages to its senior citizen clients who have been mostly isolated at their homes from Goleta to Summerland during the pandemic. Two months ago, the center also hosted a drive-in event where clients could wave to staff from the comfort and safety of their […]

Montecito’s Friendship Center and the Bucket Brigade Deliver Fiesta-Themed Totes to Santa Barbara Seniors
By Nick Schou   |   August 13, 2020

This week, both sides of State Street would typically be lined with crowds watching men and women wearing traditional Mexican costumes parading on horseback or dancing in formation from one end of town to the other. But thanks to COVID-19, the annual Old Spanish Days Fiesta has been called off for the first time since […]

Bucket Brigade Updates
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   June 11, 2020

On Tuesday, June 2, fourth graders at Laguna Blanca Lower School held their Citizenship Event via Zoom. Usually held as a special breakfast on campus, the event is a culmination of curriculum taught in the fourth grade, focusing on good citizenship and leadership. Each year, students choose members of the community who exhibit the Six […]

Friendship Center, Easy Lift, and Bucket Brigade Team Up for Home Food Deliveries
By Nick Schou   |   April 2, 2020

Since 1979, Montecito’s non-profit Friendship Center has provided group therapy for senior citizens from Monday through Friday at its rustic headquarters on Eucalyptus Lane. Normally by mid-morning on a weekday, the center would be a buzz of activity, with caregivers dropping off members to enjoy a day full of live music, therapy dog yoga, talks […]

Festival of Hearts
By Lynda Millner   |   February 20, 2020

Friendship Center brought 2020 roaring in with their 21st Festival of Hearts “The New Roaring ‘20s” held at the Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort. The hotel was a sea of feather boas, sequins, fringe and headbands as the flapper ladies and a few dandy gentlemen sipped Fess Parker wines to the live music of A […]

Festival of Hearts
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   January 30, 2020

Friendship Center is hosting its 21st Annual Festival of Hearts on Saturday, February 8, at the Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort. This festive pre-Valentine’s Day event features an elegant sit-down lunch with local wines and live music by A la Carte, owned by Jan Ingram and Henry Garrett. The theme this year is the Roaring […]

Hearts & Hugs For Heroes
By Lynda Millner   |   November 26, 2019

Friendship Center held their first veterans’ celebration with lots of red, white and blue, a hug line and applause for each veteran attending. If you gave a hug you were rewarded with a home baked heart shaped cookie. Lt. John Blankenship from Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Foundation was there with a color guard, Deborah Bertling sang […]

Hearts & Hugs for Heroes
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   October 31, 2019

Next Wednesday, November 6, the Friendship Center invites the community to celebrate veterans and their service to our country at the Montecito Center, 89 Eucalyptus Lane.  There will be a heroes’ hug line, heart cookies, flag ceremony, and patriotic music. Carol Metcalf-Roth, licensed MFT, Military Family Life Counselor, and comedian, will do live comedy and […]

Wine Down
By Lynda Millner   |   September 19, 2019

Friendship Adult Day Care Center (FADCC) just held its ninth annual Wine Down and Big Heart Awards. It’s such a lovely facility anyway with its open courtyard, but it’s especially pretty when dressed up for this fête. Guests arrived and picked up a wine glass from which to savor wines, spirits, and coffee: Buttonwood Farm […]

Friendship Center Updates
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   August 29, 2019

Friendship Center’s 9th Annual Wine Down & Big Heart Awards will be Thursday, September 5 from 4 to 7 pm. Featuring tastings of wine, beer, spirits, and coffee from 10+ local businesses, this is a fun and festive event to support the adult day care facility.  Participating beverage purveyors include Buttonwood Farm Winery, Draughtsmen Aleworks, […]

Will You Be My Valentine?
By Richard Mineards   |   February 28, 2019

Stylists at Richie’s Barber Shop on Coast Village Road proved they were a cut above the rest 24 hours before Valentine’s Day. Staffers Jessica Jay and Mary Tsushima visited the Friendship Center, a licensed adult day program for seniors, a tiara’s toss from All Saints-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church and set up a popup shop to enable […]

Festival Of Hearts
By Lynda Millner   |   February 21, 2019

The Friendship Center elder day care held its 20th Festival of Hearts Luncheon turning Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort into the Emerald City from The Wizard of Oz. The 20th milestone of an event is symbolized by emeralds hence the suggestion to come as an Oz character or at least wear green. The results were […]

Artists Reception
By Lynda Millner   |   February 14, 2019

Friendship Center’s 20th annual “Festival of Hearts” was held at the Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort February 9. Several days prior to the event there was a display of many of the decorated hearts for the public to see. The showcase windows at Charleston Shoe Co. at 1017A State were chock a block full of […]

Festival of Hearts
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   January 31, 2019

Friendship Center is hosting its 20th Annual Festival of Hearts on Saturday, February 9 from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm at the Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort. This festive pre-Valentine’s Day event features a sit-down lunch and local wines, with live music by Montecito Jazz Project.  Since the first Festival of Hearts, the centerpiece of […]