The CALM Auxiliary will hold its first event for 2020, Crab Fest for CALM … Get Crackin’!, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, at the Carriage & Western Art Museum, 129 Castillo St., Santa Barbara.

The event is a fundraiser to benefit CALM whose mission is to prevent childhood trauma, heal children and families, and build resilient communities in Santa Barbara County.

The evening (for those ages 21 and older) will include crab crackin’, live music, and a 50/50 drawing. Individual tickets are $75; for tickets and event information, visit http://Crab Fest.

CALM Auxiliary’s presenting sponsor is The Harbor Restaurant; other sponsors include Cooley Law, Logic Commercial Real Estate, Brashers Insurance, Integrated Procurement Technologies, Mullen & Henzell Law, Mark and D’Arcy Cornwall, Stella and Wes Johnson, April Thede of the Antique and Vintage Show benefiting CALM, Montecito Inn, Wendy Foster, Rincon Brewing, and Santa Barbara Vintners.

The CALM Auxiliary got its start in 1969 when Claire Miles, a local nurse, learned that an overworked and emotionally stressed father had, in a moment of desperation, shaken his infant son to death. Miles took immediate action, put a phone in her living room, then took out classified ads in the Santa Barbara News-Press urging parents in need to call for help.

The phone rang almost 40 times that first month. Miles and her friends took turns answering the calls, with the hope of helping stressed parents before they hurt their children. The CALM Auxiliary was formed.

In 2020, CALM celebrates its 50th anniversary as a provider of critical leadership and family services in Santa Barbara County. For more information about CALM’s services, call 805-965-2376, or visit

— D’Arcy R. Cornwall for CALM Auxiliary.