Upcoming events

    • 24 Mar 2017
    • 5:30 PM
    • John and Robert in SB

    Our March Gay-themed Film and Discussion Night is scheduled for Friday, March 24, at John's and Robert's home in Santa Barbara.  We'll watch an inspiring documentary, Letter to Anita.  Best of all, we'll be joined by two special guests: the film's director/producer, Andrea Myerson, and the subject of the documentary, Dr. Ronni Sanlo!         

    "In the heart-wrenching documentary Letter to Anita, award-winning filmmaker Andrea Meyerson explores the painful legacy of singer Anita Bryant's infamous anti-gay campaign of the late 1970s. Narrated by Emmy-nominated actress Meredith Baxter, Letter to Anita tells the story of Ronni Sanlo, a married mother of two who came out as a lesbian and divorced her husband, losing custody of her children as a result — an injustice that propelled Ronni into a life of LGBT activism."  For more about Letter to Anita visit: http://www.lettertoanita.com/.

    We anticipate this may be one of our best-attended Great Outdoors movie nights yet, so please RSVP ASAP as attendance is limited.

    PLEASE NOTE OUR EARLIER THAN USUAL TIMES!

    5:30  Social hour with hearty appetizer potluck provided by you, the guests.  Hosts will provide two or three specialty cocktails, otherwise BYOB.

    7:00  Movie begins, with Q&A/discussion to follow featuring our special guests, Ms. Myerson and Dr. Sanlo.

    Please RSVP by clicking the Register button in the left margin, no later than 6:00pm, Thursday, March 23.

    • 28 Mar 2017
    • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Location changes venue each month


    Community Spotlight highlights local LGBTQ events that are not sponsored by Great Outdoors.

    Rainbow Happy Hour - Santa Barbara's Most Colorful LGBTQ+ Monthly Networking Mixer 

    www.RainbowHappyHour.com 

    Welcome to Rainbow Happy Hour, the friendliest, most colorful group of LGBTQ+ friends and acquaintances, right here in the heart of California's Central Coast, the heart of the American Riviera Santa Barbara, California.

    The Santa Barbara LGBTQ+ Community is comprised of local business persons, entrepreneurs, civic and community leaders, and (most importantly) lots of dedicated, involved citizens of our little slice of paradise!

    Santa Barbara LGBTQ+ community members get together regularly on the LAST TUESDAY of every month at a local establishment for networking, socializing, and fun. Each month there's a theme, so be sure to check our Events Page, our Facebook Page http://facebook.com/groups/rainbowhappyhoursb , or subscribe to our newsletter to get the scoop.

    We love to raise funds for the Pacific Pride Foundation https://www.pacificpridefoundation.org/ , or other area charities serving the Santa Barbara LGBTQ+ community, so come "party with a purpose" and give a little back to those who need it most!

    Come join us for networking, catching up with old (and new) friends, or just come celebrate in a community-positive atmosphere!  There's no cost, and our events offer a no-host bar. We're straight-friendly too, but you must be 21+ (with valid ID) to enter.

    We change our location each month to support the many wonderful local businesses in our community and to keep things fresh and lively, so check back often to our Events Page or else subscribe to our newsletter <http://rainbowhappyhoursb.wixsite.com/santabarbaralgbtq/subscribe> and we'll keep you informed.

     
    • 6 Apr 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • The Tavern, 211 E. Santa Clara St. Ventura, CA

     

    Community Spotlight highlights local LBGTQ events that are not sponsored by Great Outdoors

    https://www.facebook.com/diversitycollectivevc/

    1st Thursday Diversity Collective Ventura County (DCVC) Mixer is the first Thursday of every month.

    The mixer is a perfect opportunity to mix and mingle in our community while promoting ourselves, individual organizations, and businesses.

    Every month DCVC picks a charitable cause. This month proceeds from our suggested donation and fantastic raffle will go to AIDS Walk Ventura.

    This month will be a special mixer / AIDS Walk Awards Presentation for the top fundraiser!

    Free Appetizers, happy hour prices on food and beverages, music and much more!

    Bring your promotional items for our promo table.

    All inclusive event so everyone is welcome!
     

    • 19 Apr 2017
    • 6:00 PM
    • Rusty's Pizza, 232 W. Carrillo St, Santa Barbara

    Core Group Meeting starts at 6pm (you're welcome to attend if you want to be involved in the "business" of your chapter)

    Pizza Social starts at 7pm and costs $5 per person for those who wish to eat pizza.

    Rusty’s Pizza, 232 West Carrillo St, Santa Barbara (intersection of Carrillo and Bath). For more information contact our President, Joe D.

     

    • 28 Apr 2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • 30 Apr 2017
    • 4:00 PM
    • Castle Rock State Park
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    Recent heavy rains have caused damage to the Skyline-to-the-Sea trail between Big Basin Redwoods HQ and Berry Creek Falls. Park Ranger advised us to use Howard Creek Trail between those points as an alternate, unless the Skyline Trail is open when we go.  Howard Creek Trail adds an additional 2 miles to the hike, but the trail is at the top of a ridge and affords beautiful views.  If you go on this trip, please be flexible with trail options as we will hike on whatever is open and less distance.

    The Skyline-to-the-Sea is a hiking trail that descends from the ridge of the Santa Cruz Mountains in to the Pacific Ocean. It is one of the best backpacking routes in the Bay Area, and shows off eye-popping landscape in the South Bay woods, from towering old-growth redwoods to banana slugs creeping along the forest floor.

    We will start at Castle Rock State Park and stay at backpacker trail camps along the way. Our three days offers us the best opportunity to have easy-ish days of hiking at a moderate pace with plenty of time for enjoying the scenic environment featuring exotic sandstone formations, dense hardwoods, and Jurassic Park-like fern grottos. The walking is flat or downhill for almost the whole trip. Net elevation loss is 2600 feet

    Full Trip Notes and Registration Form at GOSkylineToTheSea.pdf

    Contact Trip Leader Chris F. for more info

    • 11 May 2017
    • 14 May 2017
    • Sage Hill Campground

    Register at https://greatoutdoorslosangeles.wildapricot.org/event-2486900

    Renew, Recover, Rejuvenate, those words come to mind when visiting Sage Hill Campground. Having been a very popular camping location for GO in past years, it has recently gone through some very difficult times. A major wild fire and a prolonged drought had left the area parched and, for lack of a better word, dying.  But not anymore!  Nature has a way of quickly breathing life back into places if there’s enough rain, and boy has there been a lot of rain!  The Santa Ynez River has roared back to life. Towering oak trees are once again thick and leafy canopies of green as well as the surrounding hills. With a healthy smattering of wild flowers and wildlife it’s your opportunity to come back with your friends of Great Outdoors and witness the healing powers of nature!

    There are many scenic hiking trails, swimming holes along the river, and down the road are some of the best wineries on the planet!  Hiking, Swimming and wine tasting are on the agenda.  

    Not to mention many great places to eat and drink, Danish pastries anyone?   There’s also the Chumash Casino located in the nearby town of Santa Ynez if anyone wants to try their luck there as well.

    Our itinerary is as follows:

    Thursday, May 11: Optional Arrival Day (after 2 pm.)  We are at Cactus group camp.  

    Friday, May 12: Breakfast on your own, day hike in local area.  Meet and greet tea at 4 PM, snacks and soft drinks provided by GO. BYOB. Dinner on your own (possible dinner at Cold Spring Tavern).

    Saturday, May 13: Cooked breakfast provided by GO (by the magic culinary talents of Steve and Wes).  Options for the day are day hikes, local wine tasting, swimming in the river. Traditional GO potluck at dinner (make your favorite dish to serve 6 people. 

    Sunday, May 14: Continental breakfast by Steve and Wes.  Checkout by 12 noon.

    *Final determination of the days itineraries and schedules will be worked out at the camp site.

    What to Bring: Bring your 10 essentials (listed on GO website at: https://greatoutdoorslosangeles.wildapricot.org/page-18105camping, cooking gear, 1-2 bundles of wood per person.  Be sure to bring your camp chair, tent, good hiking shoes and/or boots and sunscreen.

    Directions: From the South, take Highway 101N. Exit 101B for State St toward CA-154/Cachuma Lake. Follow CA-154/San Marcos Pass Rd. Turn right onto Paradise Rd. After 4.5mi, turn left into Sage Hill Campground. Cactus group site is down the hill and across the river to the right.

    Costs: Members;  $50 per person  Non-members: $75 per person, includes one year membership in GO, chapter of your choice. Full refund up to April 28. Half refund up to May 5. No refund after May 5.

    RV’s welcome (no hook-ups). Carpooling is encouraged, overflow parking is available.  

    Contact Trip Leader Brian Miller, muddbilt@comcast.net or 805-407-9001

    Register at https://greatoutdoorslosangeles.wildapricot.org/event-2486900

    Full trip notes can be found at: http://greatoutdoors.org/sbvc/TripNotes/GOSageHillJamboree.pdf 

    • 17 May 2017
    • 6:00 PM
    • Rusty's Pizza, 232 W. Carrillo St, Santa Barbara

    Core Group Meeting starts at 6pm (you're welcome to attend if you want to be involved in the "business" of your chapter)

    Pizza Social starts at 7pm and costs $5 per person for those who wish to eat pizza.

    Rusty’s Pizza, 232 West Carrillo St, Santa Barbara (intersection of Carrillo and Bath). For more information contact our President, Joe D.

     

    • 18 May 2017
    • 21 May 2017
    • Pismo Beach, CA

    Trip Notes will be available two to three months ahead of the trip.

    • 21 Jun 2017
    • 6:00 PM
    • Rusty's Pizza, 232 W. Carrillo St, Santa Barbara

    Core Group Meeting starts at 6pm (you're welcome to attend if you want to be involved in the "business" of your chapter)

    Pizza Social starts at 7pm and costs $5 per person for those who wish to eat pizza.

    Rusty’s Pizza, 232 West Carrillo St, Santa Barbara (intersection of Carrillo and Bath). For more information contact our President, Joe D.

     

    • 19 Jul 2017
    • 6:00 PM
    • Rusty's Pizza, 232 W. Carrillo St, Santa Barbara

    Core Group Meeting starts at 6pm (you're welcome to attend if you want to be involved in the "business" of your chapter)

    Pizza Social starts at 7pm and costs $5 per person for those who wish to eat pizza.

    Rusty’s Pizza, 232 West Carrillo St, Santa Barbara (intersection of Carrillo and Bath). For more information contact our President, Joe D.

     

    • 10 Aug 2017
    • 13 Aug 2017
    • Lassen Volcanic National Park

    Trip notes will be posted two to three months ahead of the trip.

     

    • 1 Sep 2017
    • 3 Sep 2017
    • Santa Cruz Island

    Trip notes will be posted two to three months ahead of the trip.

     

    • 7 Sep 2017
    • 10 Sep 2017
    • Big Sycamore Canyon

    Trip notes will be posted two to three months ahead of the trip.

     

    • 14 Sep 2017
    • 17 Sep 2017
    • Pfieffer Big Sur

    Trip notes will be posted two to three months ahead of the trip.

     

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