30 Beautiful Years

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by Lynda Millner

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hanging Lives One Person at a Time.” That is the mission of New Beginnings Counseling Center (NBCC) who recently held their annual gala at the El Encanto. After wine on the terrace with David Grossman at the piano, we were seated in the ballroom for dinner. Board president Diane Pannkuk told us, “Mental illness is often overlooked. One in five adults suffers from it. Twenty percent of youth are also afflicted,” Mental illness is certainly front and center in the news with all the school shootings. One of my favorite NBCC programs is safe parking, which honoree Susan Rose established in 2004. Assemblyman Das Williams remembered living in a car after high school. The safe parking program provides case management and outreach to the homeless and safe overnight parking to those living in the vehicles. Numerous churches, governmental, and non-profit agencies and businesses offer up their parking lots. NBCC provides confidential daily-monitored parking places if individuals cannot provide themselves with affordable housing. There are 115 of these spaces. Executive director Kristine Schwarz is a psychotherapist with extensive experience in building organizations. Also on staff is Lesley Wilson, who is supportive services program coordinator, case manager and a licensed marriage and family therapist. Besides safe parking, there are programs in parenting education, a community-counseling clinic and supportive services program especially for veterans and their families. The Community Champions award went to Susan Rose and her husband, Allan Ghitterman, presented by Sara Miller McCune (founder and executive chairman of SAGE). Allan is still practicing law, and Susan served eight years on the Santa Barbara board of supervisors. They have pages of credits for serving on a multitude of

• The Voice of the Village •

New Beginnings executive director Kristine Schwarz and board member Jay Carlander Ms Millner is the author of The Magic Makeover, Tricks for Looking Thinner, Younger and More Confident – Instantly. If you have an event that belongs in this column, you are invited to call Lynda at 969-6164.

boards. As Cheryl and Gary Justice said, “Susan and Allan have dedicated their lives to fighting for human rights, supporting women in the quest for higher education and working tirelessly on behalf of the environment and our community.” Or as new homeowner Michael shared, “New Beginnings was truly the new beginning to a better life for our family.” To learn about all that NBCC does, call 963-7777 or check out rsvp@sbn bcc.org.

Twyla Tharp

The Santa Barbara dance community was all atwitter about the number-one choreographer in the United States and former dancer Twyla Tharp appearing at the Granada brought by UCSB’s Arts & Lectures on her 50th anniversary tour. It was co-presented with Santa Barbara Dance Alliance,

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