Sunday, June 24 , 2018, 10:43 pm | Overcast 63º


Calle Real Center Plans Fifth Annual Sharing & Caring Block Party, Nonprofit Showcase

A representative from Family Service Agency discusses nonprofit work with an attendee of the 2015 Caring & Sharing event. FSA was 1 of 63 nonprofits that participated in 2015.
A representative from Family Service Agency discusses nonprofit work with an attendee of the 2015 Caring & Sharing event. FSA was 1 of 63 nonprofits that participated in 2015. (Glenn Avolio / Calle Real Center Merchants Association photo)

Caring & Sharing is back for its fifth annual event. The block party is scheduled to take over Calle Real Center from 12-3 p.m. Saturday, May 21, 2016, so make sure you are on the list to participate.

Although the 2015 event was the best yet, the fifth iteration is sure to provide some healthy competition with its festive and fun party atmosphere.

Each merchant in the Calle Real Center will pair up with a local nonprofit or charity and give that organization space in front of the merchant’s store to set up a table and show people what it is that makes them so valuable to the community.

At the same time, the block party is an opportunity for the stores and restaurants to get out in front as well and interact with the people going by.

There is no cost for the nonprofits to participate. Each year features virtually all the shops in the Calle Real Center along with a wide range of nonprofits, and each year attendance has increased as the reputation of this event has spread throughout the community. In 2015, a total of 63 nonprofits participated.

This year’s event will have several bounce castles, an obstacle course, a balloon guy who will make balloon animals for the kids, mini tractor rides, costumed characters including a Snow White and a Jedi, a county fire truck, AMR ambulance, Sheriff’s cruiser, a wandering musician, bands, dog rescue and adoption and various other forms of entertainment.

This event is free to the public and sponsored by the Calle Real Center Merchants Association, additional media sponsorships, corporate and merchant sponsorships are available.

Those who represent a nonprofit or who wish to volunteer may contact Glenn Avolio at [email protected] for more information about participation.

Glenn Avolio is the vice president of the Calle Real Center Merchants Association.

Support Noozhawk Today

You are an important ally in our mission to deliver clear, objective, high-quality professional news reporting for Santa Barbara, Goleta and the rest of Santa Barbara County. Join the Hawks Club today to help keep Noozhawk soaring.

We offer four membership levels: $5 a month, $10 a month, $25 a month or $1 a week. Payments can be made through PayPal below, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments.

Thank you for your vital support.

Become a Noozhawk Supporter

First name
Last name
Enter your email
Select your membership level

Payment Information

You are purchasing:

Payment Method

Pay by Credit Card:

Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Discover

Pay with Apple Pay or Google Pay:

Noozhawk partners with Stripe to provide secure invoicing and payments processing.

  • Ask
  • Vote
  • Investigate
  • Answer

Noozhawk Asks: What’s Your Question?

Welcome to Noozhawk Asks, a new feature in which you ask the questions, you help decide what Noozhawk investigates, and you work with us to find the answers.

Here’s how it works: You share your questions with us in the nearby box. In some cases, we may work with you to find the answers. In others, we may ask you to vote on your top choices to help us narrow the scope. And we’ll be regularly asking you for your feedback on a specific issue or topic.

We also expect to work together with the reader who asked the winning questions to find the answer together. Noozhawk’s objective is to come at questions from a place of curiosity and openness, and we believe a transparent collaboration is the key to achieve it.

The results of our investigation will be published here in this Noozhawk Asks section. Once or twice a month, we plan to do a review of what was asked and answered.

Thanks for asking!

Click Here to Get Started >

Reader Comments

Noozhawk is no longer accepting reader comments on our articles. Click here for the announcement. Readers are instead invited to submit letters to the editor by emailing them to [email protected]. Please provide your full name and community, as well as contact information for verification purposes only.

Daily Noozhawk

Subscribe to Noozhawk's A.M. Report, our free e-Bulletin sent out every day at 4:15 a.m. with Noozhawk's top stories, hand-picked by the editors.

Sign Up Now >