This weekend, Santa Barbara residents can help themselves to antique jewelry, silver goods and more, all while helping local children dealing with domestic abuse and other issues.
The Child Abuse Listening and Mediation (CALM) Auxiliary – the fundraising arm of the CALM organization, which provides services for kids dealing with problems in school, trouble at home, or legal issues – will hold its 40th Antique Show Jan. 27-29 at the Earl Warren Showgrounds. Show Manager and CALM founding member April Thede said the sale, which is expected to raise at least $10,000 for the organization, will include goods ranging from furniture and lamps to silverware and jewelry.
“You wont believe what you see,” Thede said. “One man told me it’s probably one of the best [antique] shows in California now.”
Thede said she expects about 2,500 people to attend the event. She said the antique show will feature booths decorated by the vendors displaying silver goods, porcelain figurines, jewelry, lamps, sterling flatware, pictures, advertising memorabilia and oriental antiques. She said the fifty female members of the CALM Auxiliary coordinate the event three times a year, and this is the first show of 2006.
Thede said she thinks the antique show should appeal to everyone.
“The girls can come check out the jewelry,” Thede said. “Guys can come to check out the girls.”
CALM provides bilingual services including education and support groups for children and families dealing with domestic violence to people in Santa Barbara, Carpinteria, Goleta, Lompoc and the San Ynez Valley.
“We provide treatment and support services for at-risk families at home and in the community,” CALM Associate Director Cecilia Rodriguez said. “Our overarching theme is the treatment and prevention of child abuse.”
CALM Development Director Monica Intaglietta said the organization also helps women fleeing domestic violence to replace some of the belongings they do not bring with them when they leave home.
“A lot of times, battered women are in situations where they have to be placed elsewhere and leave furniture and clothing behind,” Intaglietta said.
Approximately 80 percent of CALM’s funding comes from grants, and the rest is financed with the auxiliary’s activities such as the antiques sale, Rodriguez said. She said she thinks the CALM Auxiliary is vital for the organization.
“They are awesome,” Rodriguez said. “We couldn’t function without them.”
Tickets for the show cost $6 each for general admission, $5 for seniors over age 62 and are free for children under 12. People who bring a copy of this article will receive a reduced ticket price of $5, Thede said. Tickets are good for the course of the weekend, and the show will be open on Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.