STATE OF THE UNION
The next Isla Vista Community Network meeting will be held Thursday at the I.V. Clinic building. The meeting will run from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., and lunch will be provided. Stakeholders involved in I.V. — heads of local nonprofit organizations, volunteers, long-term residents, students, county representatives and Isla Vista Foot Patrol officers — will update one another on the status of their respective groups as they relate to the community. I.V. Community Network meetings are regularly held on the second Thursday of every month.
A meeting to discuss the future of the Isla Vista Community Center will be held at 5 p.m. Thursday at the I.V. Clinic building. The County of Santa Barbara has already granted zoning approval to the former church and bank building at 976 Embarcadero Del Mar, and Third District County Supervisor Doreen Farr secured a $485,000 grant in 2015 toward its refurbishment. That amount is insufficient for what is needed to fully renovate the building, and organizers now meet to figure out how to acquire more capital funds.
PARK IT HERE
The Isla Vista Recreation & Park District (IVRPD) board of directors will be meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday in the IVRPD building next to the I.V. Food Co-op. The board of directors regularly meets on the second Thursday of every month.
The UCSB Poets’ Club hosts an open mic at 8 p.m. Thursday at Coffee Collaborative. Organizers welcome poets, musicians and comedians.
UCSB Challah for Hunger hosts a bread sale from 12-2 p.m. Friday on the I.V. Food Co-op patio. The purpose of the sale is to raise money and awareness for social justice causes.
IVRPD is having a volunteer work day starting at 2 p.m. Friday for upkeep at the Isla Vista Love & Remembrance Garden at People’s Park. The memorial garden was to celebrate the lives of those lost in the May 23, 2014, shooting. Tools are supplied, but IVRPD officials ask that volunteers bring their own gloves. Pizza will also be provided.
BUILDING A COMMUNITY
There will be another meeting to discuss the future of the Isla Vista Community Center at 1 p.m. Saturday in the I.V. Clinic building. The Isla Vista Community Development Corporation (IVCDC) will be hosting the discussion and providing lunch.
SOW AND REAP
The Isla Vista Food Co-op is hosting a gardening workshop from 12-2 p.m. Sunday on the Co-op patio. The workshop will be led by Oscar Carmona of Healing Grounds Nursery in Goleta.
A local group called Food Not Bombs will serve free vegan food at 5 p.m. Sunday in Little Acorn Park (next to Bagel Café). Those interested in cooking can email organizers at firstname.lastname@example.org. This dinner is regularly held every Sunday.
CHICKEN FOR KIDS
Eating dinner at Santa Barbara Chicken Ranch (149 N. Fairview Avenue) between 5-9 p.m. on Tuesday will partially benefit the Isla Vista Youth Projects. The organization is currently undergoing a campaign to raise $300,000 before the end of the year so that it may qualify for an additional $300,000 grant from the county. Isla Vista Youth Projects intends to use the $600,000 to buy their building and close phase one of their capital campaign.
As part of its Gaucho Food Program, the Isla Vista Tenants Union and the I.V. Food Co-op will be tabling outside the Pardall Center on Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. to give away free food to UCSB students. This food giveaway is regularly held every Wednesday.
A version of this story appeared on p. 4 of the Thursday, Nov. 10, edition of the Daily Nexus.